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Push for more regulation of E-cigarettes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dora Scheidell) -- The liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes smell and taste like candy but can be deadly for children and some adults.
   
Friday one of Washington's most powerful lawmakers wanted the FDA to do more to make sure people know about the dangers.  Last year, upstate New York poison center received 20 calls with concerns about exposure to e-cig liquid.  Just six months into this year the number of calls doubled and almost all of the victims were children.

Dr. Ross Sullivan of the upstate Poison Center said, "For the most part, we're lucky we've had very few serious problems. But problems due stem from nausea and vomiting all the way to sweating, shakiness, tremors and the most feared complications are seizures and convulsions."
    
With tempting flavors like cherry and vanilla, children think they're eating candy.

Senator Charles Schumer (D) of New York said, "Before e-cigarettes were on the market we worried about the effect of secondhand smoke on our kids. Now we have a much greater worry."
    
Senator Schumer called on the FDA to require all e-cig manufactures to use child-safety caps and print clear warning labels.

"I would treat these nicotine products almost like how parents treat their medicines. Keep them in high, hard to reach places, perhaps in medicine cabinets," said Dr. Sullivan.
    
If passed, new laws would hold these companies accountable.  But until then, it's up to parents to keep the sweet smelling liquids locked away from their children.

Poisoning can result from liquid nicotine when swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin.  The nicotine can cause nausea, vomiting or seizures
   
If you suspect nicotine poisoning, head straight to the emergency room.

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