Trends & Talkers: E-CigarettesUPDATED 7:59 PM HST Apr 03, 2014Video Transcript
PAUSE FOR MUSIC E-cigarettes are always a hot topic on our facebook page, and some new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have you talking tonight. The CDC says that in February, there were 215 poison center calls involving e-cigarettes. And 51 percent of those calls involved children 5 and under. Since not all poisonings are reported, the CDC believes the number is much higher. Nicotine is a drug, and in its concentrated liquid form, poison experts warn it is significantly toxic, even in small doses. E-cigarettes, which are not required to be childproof, feature flavors like spearmint, banana and bubble gum, making them appealing to kids. They're not regulated by the FDA and poison control experts say the liquids need to be better controlled. On facebook tonight Shannon Kawamoto is advocating more personal responsibility, saying "You can't put the blame on the product if the adult that is using it is irresponsible." Sue Gay reasons, "Those e liquids smells like candy to me so of course kids will get attracted to it. Please lock it up somewhere safe and out of reach." And Mark Swink asks, "But they keep telling us it is only water vapor and not dangerous. If it is not dangerous, why call poison control?" Mark, here's why. Poisonings can happen when liquid nicotine is inhaled or absorbed through the skin or eyes. Side effects can include nausea and eye irritation. It can even be deadly. One person used the liquid to commit suicide by injecting it, that's according to the CDC. Of course that's a very rare and extreme case. So do you think e-cigarettes need more regulation? Head to facebook and weigh in.