March 24th, 2014 3:04 pm | by BRENDAN WELCH News | Posted In: Drugs, Health

New York Times Says Electronic Cigarette Industry "Selling Poison by the Barrel"

news2_newTRENDY: E-cigarette use quadrupled between 2009 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E-cigarettes produce a nicotine vapor. Studies disagree on the risk. - IMAGE: WW Staff

Last week, WW reported that lawmakers and local health officials have thus far failed to regulate the booming sales of electronic cigarettes.

Today's New York Times highlights the potential dangers associated with the new way of delivering nicotine, focusing on the potential improper consumption of the liquids used in the e-cigarettes.

"The nicotine levels in e-liquids varies. Most range between 1.8 percent and 2.4 percent, concentrations that can cause sickness, but rarely death, in children. But higher concentrations, like 10 percent or even 7.2 percent, are widely available on the Internet," the Times reported. "A lethal dose at such levels would take 'less than a tablespoon,' according to Dr. Cantrell, from the poison control system in California. 'Not just a kid. One tablespoon could kill an adult,' he said."

But improperly consuming the nicotine laced e-liquids they contain is dangerous and possibly deadly. The New York Times reports 'a teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child... [nicotine] is one of the most potent naturally occurring toxins we have.' This raises questions about work place safety and highlights the importance of manufacturing standards for these products.  

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