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Things seem to be going from bad to worse with this vaping epidemic among our youth.

As health officials around the world try to find the link between some 805 cases of e-cigarette-linked lung illnesses, now doctors in the state of Kansas (which has had at least two vaping-related deaths) are dealing with something new… kids eating vaping cartridges.

Dr. Stephen Thornton, medical director for the University of Kansas Health System Poison Control Center says…“We’ve had kids eat the cartridges, drink the solutions and get sick.” 

Dr. Elizabeth Silver, a clinical toxicologist with the University of Kansas Health System Poison Control Center says.. “We’ve had kids ingest that and they get pretty bad toxicity from the nicotine because it’s very, very concentrated in those little pods.”

E-cigarettes and liquid nicotine are responsible for the majority of cases of nicotine poisoning, according to Medical News Today.

Ingesting nicotine can lead to nicotine poisoning, symptoms of which include excess saliva, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tremors, anxiety, confusion, and an increased heart rate, among other signs. In extreme instances, symptoms can include seizures, coma and respiratory failure.

Poison control centers across the country say they have seen a rise in calls about potential nicotine poisoning cases as vaping has become more popular. In 2015 there were more than 2,400 calls, compared to roughly 1,500 in 2013,  according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Why any child would actually drink this is hard to understand. But the epidemic seems to be spreading, in spite of the current warnings and ties of this product to a crippling lung disease and in some cases, even death.

Florida was one of several states that attempted to pass a bill that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 earlier this year, in an attempt to further protect our youth. Unfortunately, that bill did not pass through the house and is now dead. That means it continues to be up to the parents to teach the dangers of this habit and monitor their use.

Source: Fox News

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .