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Poison control centers worried about liquid nicotine exposure

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The Poison Control Center in Birmingham has issued a warning about liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers. Poison control is extremely concerned if you use the chemical and have a child in the house.

The director for the regional office says the liquid could be very toxic if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Poison control centers across the country say they are seeing a major spike in liquid nicotine related cases.

In Alabama between 2010 and 2013, the center handled 23 cases. In just the first three months of 2014, they have had more than 20 cases.

Most cases are kids who got their hands on a bottle and got some on their skin or tasted it. The high concentration of nicotine makes exposure to the liquid dangerous. In some extreme cases, it could lead to problem with the nervous system.

'First you're going to feel alert and weak and then agitated, then confused. Then you might become drowsy and result in a coma, and can result in a seizure. So these are all the affects nicotine has on the brain," said Ann Satterly, the director of the local poison control center.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to liquid nicotine should contact a poison control center immediately.

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