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E-Cigarette Concern

E-Cigarette Concern

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Over 400 children were hospitalized last year for consumption of e-cigarette juice; according to the National Poison Data System. The tiny vials that store the e-cigarette juice is as small as an eyedropper, but contain the equivalent of three cartons of cigarettes. Mike Lewis of Stogies Vapor said that the juice can be dangerous.

"Because a kid sees this and they just think it's a juice bottle when it’s actually something a lot more harmful than that. This is just as harmful as far as overdoes potential as a kid taking a handful of vicodin,"

Lewis showed Newschannel 6 that every vile in their store is childproof. It's important to keep the vials and e-cigarette products out of reach from children.

"It's in a medicine cabinet or it's up on a cabinet where they can't reach it stuff like that. This is much closer to something you should be treated like your alcohol or your medicines, I mean, if a kid gets into this it could hurt them, it's not like your cigarettes your just leaving around," said Lewis.

Lou Kridler of Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District said that many kids don't realize the juice in these vials is actually a poison if consumed.

"Whether it's medication or alcohol or any of those things parents have to be diligent to make sure their child dose not have access to those," said Kridler.

However, there is only so much that a store like stogies can do to prevent abuse of their products.

"We can't prevent anybody from not following what we tell them to do and that’s what it sounds like just somebody just not listening," said Lewis.

A 2012 National Youth Tobacco survey shows that recent e-cigarette use nearly doubled in one year among U.S. high school students.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6