Adapted from CNN
As electronic cigarettes increase in popularity, calls to the nation’s poison control centers about exposure to the liquid nicotine used in many of the devices have surged. In February 2014, there were 215 poison center calls compared to one per month in September 2010. 51% of those calls involved children 5 and under. The total number of cases is likely even higher.
So far, E-cigarettes are not yet regulated by the FDA, and are not required to be childproof. They come in many different flavors like banana, candy and bubble gum, which make them appealing to children.
For this and other reasons, the FDA is starting to look into this. Last April, the agency proposed rules that call for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco and hookahs. Currently, only cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco come under the FDA’s regulatory authority.