Many parents are opting to switch to e-cigarettes in order to avoid contaminating their homes and exposing their kids to second-hand smoke. Although many countries are still debating the safety of electronic cigarettes, users see them as helpful in cutting down the smoking of actual cigarettes. In what has been called the first fatality in the UK, a beloved family dog has died of nicotine poisoning after chewing on a bottle of concentrated nicotine fluid used to prepare the e-cigarettes, according to the Mail Online. The tragic case highlights the dangers of leaving the liquid lying around the house.
“A person can overdose on nicotine through a combination of nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler cartridges and/or tobacco smoking at the same time.Ingestion of nicotine pharmaceuticals, tobacco products, or nicotine containing plants may also lead to poisoning.Smoking excessive amounts of tobacco has also led to poisoning; a case was reported where two brothers smoked 17 and 18 pipes of tobacco in succession and were both fatally poisoned.Spilling an extremely high concentration of nicotine onto the skin can result in intoxication or even death since nicotine readily passes into the bloodstream following skin contact”