How to Keep Your Vape Safe From Pets and Minors

 

Although electronic cigarettes are a substantially healthier alternative to cigarettes, there are certain precautions to take into consideration when using or having ecigarette products in your household, around children or pets. There are many vape shops in Toronto where you can get expert advice and even more ecigarette shops Canada wide.  However, there are a couple of easy safeguard measures to consider with your ecigarette when it comes to safely using it. The most important safety points are the charging cord, the vapour itself, and the e-liquid. The nicotine content in e-liquid bottles can be poisonous if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the eyes or skin in excessive amounts. E-liquid flavours are often fruity or candy flavours, and may smell or look appealing to children. This article will outline some ways in which you can be more mindful of responsible ecigarette use and storage if you have children and/or pets in your household.  https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/mn4zV_phk6wDL5yTWrXQVQ8WowsrAisi27ZYMJB6LnyXwUX9fcmlOB4O7sfpokaEg4pEVyP4jypEy9c4kN06FJHq8lSgeV4THds9r1E2IMkcZY-j_RC_kZemrZOtUEKzgZ8rcTKq

RESPONSIBLE VAPING AND ECIGARETTE STORAGE

It is important to be mindful of the the charger for your ecigarette.  As many pet owners know, cords should always be stored when not in use, because animals have a tendency to nibble on anything that looks tempting! STORE YOUR CHARGING CORDS in a drawer when you’re not using it, and try to keep it out of the reach of pets when you are charging your ecigarettes.

YOUR ECIGARETTE should also be kept away from any access of children, or pets. If the ecigarette is too accessible, it may be chewed on or played with, and if the tank opens, the fruity smell of the e-juice may attract your children or pets to have a taste. If ingested in large quantities, the e-liquid can be poisonous to small children or pets. If your pet or child decides to chew on your ecigarette, it also runs the risk of causing oral damage to teeth.

ISO STANDARD PHARMACEUTICAL LABS

In terms of ecigarette liquid bottles, as mentioned previously, these bottles often have very appealing smells and packaging, and can be alluring to children. This is one of the many reasons to keep your e-liquid bottles stored in a safe spot, out of reach of children and pets. Most e-liquid bottles are packaged with child proof seals, and the majority of lids on the e-liquid bottles have push and twist caps, similar to pill bottles. Regulations are currently being proposed in Ontario to enforce these safety features across all e liquid manufacturers.  Some highly respected brands like Premium Labs and Twelve Monkeys already have these features built into their ISO standard laboratories.  However, BUYER BEWARE and use caution when you visit your local vape shop.  Many vape shops are making their own e-juice in the back of their store cheaply without the industry standard equipment or knowledge.  Vape Shops that stock only brands that have pharmaceutical grade labs know the importance of not having human contact involved in the manufacturing process of something that is ingestible via vaping.  That being said, kids and pets can be crafty, and if left to their own devices, they may figure out a way to open the bottle. Especially with animals, be mindful of leaving any juice out, because their razor sharp teeth will be able to puncture through any packaging, especially on plastic bottles. In summary, store both unopened and opened e-liquid bottles in a safe place away from any access of children and pets. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/4qY4s2Y7F1dqBiLpbNpzR8ZWwoSwnNNxRk4A78xQ-OPyEKsJROOs4GsqTel6j38W5bCbspSUtD-jvvM6wF6kULwzjXM8dkfJ91VPIUl5Ml9xfnuSxIy9RLTaUFIzusW3oQl8Vw12

SECONDHAND VAPING?  MAYBE NOT….AND MAYBE YES

While vaping in any enclosed or open areas, you should always be mindful of your surroundings. Even if you are vaping in an open space, be aware that second hand vapour can be harmful to small children and pets, if inhaled in large quantities. As well, if you choose to vape in your home, ensure that there is sufficient ventilation. If you are vaping in your home, make sure you are vaping away from children or pets, and if your pet is in the same room, do not vape too close to them or directly in their face. Animals should not be inhaling nicotine, and if they are in close proximity to your vapour, it is important to ensure there is sufficient ventilation within those enclosed spaces. If you have children or pets in the car, use the same caution you would with smoking cigarettes, and do not vape in enclosed spaces around others.

How Identify Nicotine Poisoning in your Pet or Child; Pet Poison Hotline/Ontario Poison Helpline

Although there are numerous precautions you can take, there is no guarantee that your child or pet won’t find a way into your e-liquid or ecigarette.  In the unfortunate situation that this becomes an issue, there are some steps you can take to investigate whether there is further action you need to make.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/kzdz5yvmCPnTWYYEhjejzvDKo3NjyIFMy_vfS-PWbRHhG6zQiHrWosylImDzIEAvZbBIMixGxJtMeq4hGZbnYZaEtFsA1MeuwYQD0NasxAHCbmgXMBBpxyVMfaR_fUfepmGnXkakIf you notice your pet has managed to open any of your ecigarette products, look for the following signs of nicotine poisoning…

  1. Vomiting
  2. Abnormal heart rate
  3. Lack of coordination,
  4. Tremors
  5. Weakness or collapsing

If you notice any of these symptoms, you can either call the pet poison hotline, or seek emergency veterinary assistance.

Pet Poison Hotline: 855-764-7661 (additional costs may apply)

ASPCA: (888) 426-4435

*or contact your veterinarian, or emergency veterinary service/clinic care centers

If you notice your child has managed to open any of your ecigarette products, look for these signs of nicotine poisoning…

  1. Vomiting
  2. Abnormal heart rate
  3. Lack of coordination,
  4. Tremors
  5. Weakness or collapsinghttps://lh6.googleusercontent.com/q5kpojORp-9TRavjtQ-fw2KCu5j9173nw2fllm8j_1PsnLeJ3j0UtlnrJj_FlONeVCgThdQR8Z-Fb9tR3SARbELBwx2PqfqTKUQXo8oUGonmK9wc6NiE43qxvZGsVyGCAq71ZfU_

If you notice any of the symptoms above, you can contact the Ontario poison control centre, or a poison centre in your area (if you are out of the Ontario region)

Ontario Poison Centre: 1-800-268-9017

Or go to your nearest emergency room (may vary depending on your area, and location)

Sick Kids Hospital: (416) 813-1500, 555 University Ave, Toronto

If you have any further questions that have not been answered in this article, feel free to go to a vape shop in Toronto, or do research on ecigarettes in Canada!