More Hawaii children sickened by e-cigarette liquid

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes has also led to a growing number of children getting sick.

E-cigarette poisonings are on the rise across the country, as more kids get their hands on the liquid nicotine that’s contained within the devices.

According to the National Poison Data System from 2013 to 2015 the number of children six and under poisoned by nicotine in e-cigarettes rose nearly 1,500%.

But what about Hawaii’s young children?

KHON2 has learned e-cigarette poisonings are also a problem in Hawaii.

“About 70 percent of the calls are in children and the rest are in adults,” said Dr. Alvin Bronstein, Department of Health Emergency Management Services and Injury Prevention System Branch Manager. “So it looks like it did spike in 2014 and 2015.”

In 2014, there were 18 e-cigarette poisonings in Hawaii and 11 of those were children five and under.

In 2015, those numbers increased to 25 total poisonings and 17 of those were young children.

“Children can become very sick to their stomach, become nauseated, throw-up, they can become sleepy then go into comatose then stop breathing and have seizures,” said Bronstein.

Bronstein says the liquid for e-cigarettes usually have safety features to prevent kids from consuming them, but that doesn’t always work.

Bronstein says the state is still monitoring this years numbers.

Over the last two years, laundry pod poisonings have also been on the rise in young children in Hawaii.

If you or your child come into contact with any chemicals or consume any poisons you should contact the proper authorities immediately.

You can also call the 24/7 poison help hotline at #1-800-222-1222.



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