https://people.com/health/health-of...kids-eating-vaping-pods-and-drinking-nicotine 2 Oct 2019 "Kansas health officials are also seeing a rise in the number of young children ingesting the harmful products. On Tuesday, officials at the University of Kansas Poison Control Center said they are getting more reports of young children — infants and toddlers — eating the vaping cartridges and drinking the liquid nicotine. “We’ve had kids eat the cartridges, drink the solutions and get sick,” Dr. Stephen Thornton, medical director at the poison control center, told ABC affiliate KMBC. According to the outlet, the center has received at least nine calls in the last three weeks related to children, found by their parents, with the e-cigarettes or pods, though “[the] children were not actually vaping.” ”Parents are calling saying, ‘Hey I found my kid holding the vaping product,’ or ‘I found the kid with the e-cigarette pod in their mouth,'” Dr. Elizabeth Silver, clinical toxicologist with the poison control center said. “So we’re actually having a bit of an uptick in that, along with having reports of these vaping associated pulmonary illnesses.” “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,” she added. Drinking nicotine can cause nicotine poisoning, which, according to Medical News Today, used to be a relatively rare occurrence. However, the rising popularity of vaping and e-cigarettes has resulted in an increase in reported cases. They name eating cigarettes or consuming liquid nicotine as “the most common method of poisoning in children.” Doctors are urging parents to treat vaping products like drugs and keep them out of reach of children."