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Posted on 08 Mar 2019
Clinical/acute care

8 March 2019

FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND URGENT CARE CENTRES

This alert is to remind emergency and urgent care clinicians of the risks around e-cigarettes, after the recent death of a Victorian child from nicotine poisoning.

Liquids used in e-cigarettes may or may not contain nicotine.

If you suspect a child has swallowed liquid from an e-cigarette, please call the Victorian Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

Read the message from the Chief Health Officer.

FOR PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND CARERS

E-cigarettes and refill products may contain nicotine. Nicotine is a poison, and if ingested can cause serious illness and in some cases death. Children and pets are particularly vulnerable. 

People who use an e-cigarette are advised to keep it where children cannot see or reach them. In fact, it is best to lock them away.

Read more on the Better Health Channel.

Page last updated: 08 Mar 2019