Health officials are reporting a surge in the number of liquid nicotine poisonings from E-cigarettes and children are particularly at risk. That's according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
The report reveals that calls to poison control centers about E-cigarettes have shot up, from about one per month as of September 2010 to approximately 215 per month as of this February. More than half of the February calls involved children age five or younger.
Poison experts warn that nicotine in its concentrated liquid form is significantly toxic, even in small doses. E-cigarettes are not required to be childproof and with flavors like spearmint, banana and bubble gum -- they can be appealing to kids.
Liquid nicotine poisoning can occur from ingestion, inhalation or skin absorption.