A little 3cc bottle of TW’s unflavored 36mg, put into an unsuspecting person’s drink, would be quite an assasination tool. Good thing I like most people!
To be honest, while we are keen proponents of the e-cigarette
, e-juice makes us nervous. Nicotine, in its pure form, is one of the most lethal poisons known to man.
While relatively few people get nicotine poisoning via a cigarette – most of the nicotine is burnt in the process of smoking – tobacco gatherers regularly get sick from nicotine leaching from wet tobacco leaves onto their skin.
The symptons are not nice – they include vomiting, palpitations and tachycardia.
A serious case could be followed by coma and death.
Somewhere between 30 and 60 mg of nicotine are needed to kill someone (see Inchem’s page on nicotine
), and hopefully, with its unpleasant taste and sharp odour, a drinker would notice it before it killed them. As the e-juice carried by smokers is not in a pure form, fatalities in adults are pretty unlikely.
However, it takes far less nicotine to kill a child (around 10mg). In fact, recent stories in the news suggest that nicotine cartridges alone could be lethal.
With over twenty children a year alrady suffering from nicotine poisoning after eating cigarettes (which surely can’t taste that good) and e-smokers already complaining that nicotine liquid solution is not safe, it doesn’t take a massive leap of the imagination to see e-juice posing a threat to kids…
Update: Dr Murray Laugesson, one of the strongest defenders of the electronic cigarette, has also pointed out the dangers of the e-juice. You can see his warning here
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