A baby boy has died after being poisoned by the chemical used in e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are fast-growing in popularity, but contain a harmful chemical that can be fatal if ingested.
The one year-old baby, who was from New York, swallowed the liquid nictoine and was found unresponsive at his home; he was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Police are treating his death as a “tragic accident” and no arrests have been made. However, authorities are warning of the dangers of e-cigarettes and are urging vigilence around children.
The American Association of Poison Control Centres released a statement on Friday: “One teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child and smaller amounts can cause severe illness, often requiring trips to the emergency department.
“Despite the dangers these products pose to children, there are currently no standards set in place that require child-proof packaging.”
In addition, the Director of the Poison Control Centre at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Donna Seger, added that even a tiny amount of nicotine can be very dangerous for children, especially when the packaging is not secure. She explained: “They’re not that difficult to get into. The issue is once the exposure occurs, it could be bad.”
The death of the baby is the first since 2012 when a man injected himself with liquid nicotine.