Anna Kooiman reported this morning on new concerns over electronic cigarettes after kids were poisoned by drinking the liquid nicotine that comes with the devices. Teens have reportedly been drinking the nicotine on purpose in some instances, mixing it with energy drinks to get a quick high.
The vials containing the nicotine are often colorfully packaged and come in flavors like cotton candy or bubble gum. Whether the cases are in young children or teens, ER doctors are seeing more and more of these poisonings taking place.
"Nicotine is a very potent drug. It gets into your blood stream. It could increase your heart rate, it could give you changes in your blood pressure, it can even cause death," said Dr. Manny Alvarez. Just one teaspoon of the liquid nicotine is the equivalent of three packs of cigarettes.
In addition, dogs are also at risk if they get a hold of one of the devices and chew on it.
Lawmakers across the country are now looking at new regulations that would require child-proof caps on the vials.
Watch the report above.
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