jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014 – 10 de septiembre de 2014 – UK

E-cigs refills 'threat to children'

Parents need to keep electronic cigarette refills away from young children because of the risk of poisoning, doctors in Birmingham say.

They issued the warning, in the medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, after a two-year-old girl accidentally licked some of the liquid.

The infant recovered, but high doses of nicotine can be lethal.

Doctors said parents should treat nicotine refills like white spirit, medicines and bleach.

There has been a surge in popularity of e-cigarettes, with more than two million people in the UK thought to use them.

However, there has been a similar boom in nicotine poisonings.

The National Poisons Information Service, part of Public Health England, said it had had 139 enquiries about nicotine last year, compared with 29 in 2012 and only 36 in the previous five years combined.

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