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What is nicotine?
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug derived from tobacco plants. It can be found in:
Nicotine can be harmful if you use too much. In addition, small amounts of some nicotine products, especially the liquid from electronic cigarettes, can be very dangerous for children.
What are the effects of nicotine?
Nicotine has both stimulating and relaxing effects. Users may at first feel more awake and alert. This can be followed by feelings of calm and relaxation.
Nicotine can have a number of side effects. Someone who uses too much nicotine may:
In more severe cases with adults, or if a child gets some nicotine, they may:
How much nicotine is too much depends on the person’s age, size and how much experience they have using nicotine.
What should I do about nicotine poisoning?
Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511 if:
|If someone has passed out or is not breathing, call 911 right away.|
How can I prevent nicotine poisoning?
To prevent nicotine poisonings among children and pets, keep all nicotine and tobacco products up high, out of reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
If you use a nicotine replacement product, follow the instructions provided on the package or by your health care provider to avoid getting too much nicotine.
The NNEPC has a number of additional resources on e-cigarettes and nicotine:
Last Updated: Monday May 16th 2016