ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Public health officials are urging parents to securely store e-cigarettes and related products- up and out of the sight of children.
A study found that based on the number of calls to the National Poison Data System, the number of children under six poisoned by the nicotine in e-cigarettes skyrocketed by 1500% from 2013 to 2015. Researchers also found that more than 90% of the children swallowed the e-juice.
It's a nicotine-laced liquid used in e-cigarettes.
Officials at Southwest Georgia Public Health say children are often attracted to the small colorful bottles that come in a wide range of flavors, many of them mimicking candy.
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Ebonee Kirkwood says the nicotine in e-juice can be fatal and she urges parents to store it- and their e-cigarettes- as they would anything else deadly.
"So you do want to keep it away, look at it as a gun, would you keep a gun in front of your child?" Kirkwood said. "You wouldn't do that so you would want to keep that in a safe secure place that's away from your children."
Kirkwood reminds parents to call the Poison Help Line at 1 (800) 222-1222 immediately if their child does swallow the liquid.