COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Pam Fair of Safe Kids Columbus stopped by the morning show on Wednesday to talk about Poison Prevention Week and the potential dangers of e-cigarette components and children if consumed.
The alternative to smoking is still dangerous to smokers, as well as children who may be around those smoking e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes have intriguing flavors for children and teenagers bubblegum, cherry, or chocolate - flavors they love and those aromas lead to kids wanting to ingest them. E-cigarette poisoning for children is classified as: swallowing the cigarette, breathing in the vapors, and if the vapors gets on your skin.
The best tip from Safe Kids Columbus: keep the e-cigarettes and the refills out of sight and reach of children.
Since 2011, cases of e-cigarette exposure have dramatically risen. In 2011 there were only five cases reported; in 2014, that number skyrocketed to 89 total cases.
For a handful of studies on e-cigarettes and kids, click here.