Following a tragedy in the USA and a number of worrying incidents in the UK the City Council's Trading Standards service is joining the national safety campaign to highlight to parents the dangers associated with nicotine products.

Nicotine is highly poisonous for children, and just a very tiny amount can kill a child. Typical issues relate to a child admitted to hospital with nicotine poisoning after she licked an e-cigarette refill cartridge.

All products containing nicotine, such as cigarettes, ashtrays, gum, patches, sprays, lozenges and e-cigarettes, should be kept away from children. Nicotine is highly poisonous to children and even a small amount can be very dangerous. In fact, just 3 pieces of gum could be fatal if chewed by a young child.

Poisoning can happen when children chew, swallow or play with nicotine products. Even an old patch can still contain enough nicotine to harm a child.

Simple steps to help prevent nicotine poisoning

  • Out of sight and out of reach. Keep patches, gum, sprays, lozenges, e-cigarettes and cigarettes out of sight and out of reach of children
  • Store them in a high locked cupboard. Use a high kitchen cupboard with a child safety lock
  • Children learn by copying adults. Make sure that you do not use any nicotine products in front of children. This includes taking lozenges and using patches.
  • Used patches should be folded in half and thrown away in the main kitchen bin. Children are less likely to explore the kitchen bin
  • Keep handbags out of reach. Handbags often contain nicotine products. Put them out of reach
  • If you think your child has ingested or used any nicotine products, seek medical advice immediately.

Symptom of nicotine poisoning may include one or more of the following:

  • Burning in the mouth and throat
  • Sickness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Coma
  • Seizures

If you think your child has ingested or used any nicotine products, seek medical advice immediately.

To see further information as produced by Children in Wales.

The City Council's Trading Standards Service continues to support the national awareness campaign. We will continue to help to make parents and carers of young children in Newcastle aware of the dangers posed by nicotine products.

Copies of the localised poster for the Safety Campaign will be sent out to all organisation's including nurseries and schools across the City and anyone wishing to get a copy of the poster for their own premises should contact the Trading Standards Service on (0191) 2116121.

Download a copy of the campaign poster (pdf, 255 kb)

Useful contacts

For any information, contact the Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone: 0191 2116121

Page last updated: 
9 November 2018
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