Nicotine Poisonings on the Rise
The National Poison Data Center reports that accidental poisonings from nicotine have increased significantly over the past few years. In 2013, there was a 300 percent increase in reports of nicotine poisoning over 2011 – bringing the total number of victims to 1,351. Over 50 percent of these victims were children.
The increase in nicotine poisonings is directly related to the increase in the popularity of e-cigarettes. These devices have risen to prominence with very little government oversight, including over the liquid nicotine used to fill them. In fact, until April of 2014, the FDA had not even met to discuss regulations on e-cigarettes. And no firm regulations have, as of yet, been put in place.
Nicotine is a dangerous product in and of itself, but in its liquid form it can be downright deadly. Easily absorbed through the skin, liquid nicotine can lead to nausea, vomiting, seizures and, particularly in children, death. Despite the dangers of liquid nicotine, many of the manufacturers of e-cigarette liquid (colloquially called “vape juice”) have failed in properly warning consumers. This negligence may entitle victims of nicotine poisoning to compensation when serious damages occur.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury from liquid nicotine in New Hampshire or Vermont, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule a free consultation with one of our product liability attorneys.