Warning Issued For E-Cigarettes

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. - Jonathan Hinkle lives in Staunton and used to smoke cigarettes all the time.

For the past two weeks he's been keeping his word by using e-cigarettes that he gets from Vapin In The Valley in Staunton.

"It helped me lose a lot of weight , so I've been trying to kick cigarettes to get on something a little healthier," says Hinkle. "I've gotten a lot better result from smoking on vapor than I have using actual cigarettes"

He and others at the shop heard about the warning issued by the American Association of Poison Control Centers that deals with the liquid nicotine contained in the device.

They issued this warning because they've seen an increase in the number of calls related to exposure of the toxic liquid nicotine.

Just last year, there were more than 1,000 calls to poison control centers for exposure to the liquid nicotine with some of those cases involving children.

People who've been exposed to the liquid nicotine have reported symptoms such as vomiting and nausea.

Owner Randy Kyle, the owner of Vapin In The Valley, says different shops carry different amounts of nicotine in their products. He tells WHSV that the nicotine contained in their formula is not enough to harm anyone.

"I know a lot of people that do it, I got tons of customers coming in, no one complains about nothing," says Kyle, "I don't know if there is enough in our bottles to maybe kill someone"

He does admit that care should be taken when handling the product, especially around kids.

"We've got child proof tops on them to try to prevent this. A better way to prevent it would be -- parents putting it up in the medicine cabinet or out of the reach of children," says Kyle.

Either way, Jonathan says that he's seen positive results from using e-cigarettes and that people should treat them with care especially when they are around children.

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