The new NPIS poisons report has just come out. If you are a vaper, like me, the science sounds REALLY weird.
The section on e-cigarettes starts about page 45. Link Here Here’s the strange thing about the report. (My bold and comments)
This is what it says about Nicotine – “The contents of e-cigarettes and their liquid refills vary, but many contain substantial concentrations of nicotine, a highly toxic compound.”
It continues later
The NPIS received 241 telephone enquiries concerning e-cigarettes and their refill solutions this year (Figure 6.12). This is more than the 204 received during the previous year, which in turn was greater than the total number of enquiries about these products received over the previous six years.
(naturally – vaping has only recently being taken up by millions of smokers)
Forty per cent of the enquiries originated in hospitals (Figure 6.13).
(But MOSTLY from NHS direct calls from HOME and Primary care actually – hospital sounds much better!)
Children aged under five years were involved in one-quarter of the enquiries (Figure 6.14).
(that’s about 50 kids as compared with more than 2,500 exposures (96% ) of them being children under five ingesting DETERGENT)
The majority of exposures (206 of 241) were accidental. Fourteen enquiries concerned intentional overdoses
(yes people have tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide by drinking e-liquid. Nicotine is disappointingly not very toxic taken this way. The reason is, the body expels it by vomiting it out.)
and the remainder of enquiries included adverse reactions to intended use, recreational abuse and ‘therapeutic errors’. Where the individual route of exposure was specified, ingestion was the most common, although multiple routes of exposure also occurred. In several cases ingestion of liquid occurred after attempting to inhale vapour from the e-cigarette. Nine of the fifteen enquiries involving the eye occurred when the liquid was mistaken for eye drops (Figure 6.15). Where the clinical features were known at the time of the enquiry, 133 patients had no features of toxicity and 97 had features of only minor toxicity. Seven patients had moderate toxicity, and one exposure was associated with severe features.
Features of toxicity included conjunctivitis, irritation of the oral cavity, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and changes in heart rate. It is of concern that so many of the exposures were accidental and occurred in young children. Similarly, over half the eye exposures occurred when e-cigarette products were mistaken for eye drops. The liquid in e-cigarettes and their refills contains toxic doses of nicotine and even small volumes can cause serious harm to a small child.Urgent consideration needs to be given to the safe storage and packaging of these products. To address some of these concerns, packaging and labelling regulations are currently being developed under the European Tobacco Products Directive for implementation in 2016.
God help us! We already are enduring tiny 10 ml bottles of e liquid that are the devil to open, for the sake of all the endangered children, in anticipation of next year.
E liquid SHOULD be properly packed. I have never seen a bottle of it that is not child proof and I’ve been vaping for four years. ( well, maybe there were a few four years ago). The vaping industry is policing itself and it should be allowed to do it without interference from doom mongers anywhere. And the science on the toxicity of already diluted e liquid needs to brought into reality.