Unregulated liquid nicotine linked to poisonings


An explosion in the e-cigarette industry is being accompanied by a spike in accidental poisonings linked to potent liquid nicotine, no for sale by the vial or the barrel, according to The New York Times.

Citing data from the National Poison Data System, the newspaper reports there was a 300-percent jump in cases related to “e-liquids, the key ingredient in electronic cigarettes. Only one case - a suicide - has been fatal, however.

“But, like e-cigarettes, e-liquids are not regulated by federal authorities,” the NYT’s Matt Richtel writes. “They are mixed on factory floors and in the back rooms of shops, and sold legally in stores and online in small bottles that are kept casually around the house for regular refilling of e-cigarettes.”

Liquid nicotine can cause vomiting or seizures, and just one highly diluted teaspoon could kill a small child, according to The New York Times' story, available in its entirety here.