Tobacco: Illegal e-cigarettes poisoning hundreds of kids

26 Feb 2021 - Alcohol & Tobacco

A tripling in child nicotine poisonings that left one having a seizure and 200 hospitalised has been fuelled by sales of illegal e-cigarettes. The Daily Telegraph has obtained exclusive footage of some of the 26,000 “vapes” seized by NSW Health inspectors. It is illegal to sell them in every state and territory. The increase in illegal supply is behind a 300 per cent spike in calls to information lines about poisonings caused by the products in the past five years. The NSW Poisons Information Centre said there had been 376 reports involving vapes in the past five years, with 200 hospitalisations. NSW director of population health Carolyn Murray said, “E-cigarettes are particularly dangerous to young people as most contain nicotine.” From October e-cigarettes will become prescription-only and the TGA is working to require childproof caps on containers.

Daily Telegraph; 26/02/2021; Page 7