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Don’t let your toddler smoke this…

Posted: June 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

E-cigarettes: you are probably familiar with these battery powered contraptions that heat liquid nicotine (among other things) into vapor, which is then inhaled. E-cigarettes have become a multi-billion dollar industry in the past 9 years—unfortunately these products can be very dangerous to children.  As of 2014, 12.6% of US adults have used e-cigarettes at least once, which means they are in a lot of homes. Read more »


IPC’s Top Ten Blogs

Posted: December 10th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

IPC magnet

It’s that time of year!  No, I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about the ‘best of’ lists that everyone is writing now that 2013 is coming to a close.  In honor of the 4th anniversary of the IPC blog, here are our top 10 most popular blogs since 2009: Read more »


Ultra-Toxic Poisons May Be Lurking Right Under Your Nose

Posted: September 11th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

There are a lot of poisons that can cause significant harm to adults, kids, and pets.  But did you ever wonder what kind of things make an expert answering phones in the IPC have a dry mouth, rapid heart rate, and raise the hair on the back of their neck?

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Start the Year Right: Safe New Year Resolutions

Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Start the Year Right: Safe New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year when many people set out to better themselves; the turn of the calendar gives us a fresh start and a clean slate.  Here are two resolutions that have the potential for toxicity and some IPC-recommended resolutions as well. Read more »


The Truth About E-Cigarettes: A Potential Poisoning Hazard

Posted: September 14th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Tony Burda DABAT and Sheri VanOsdol Pharm.D.

Recently the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) received a call from a parent whose toddler ingested some contents of an e-cigarette cartridge containing nicotine.  We could find very little information addressing the accidental poisoning potential of these products in children, so we thought we’d share some information with you based on our findings. 

Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” are battery-powered tubes that heat liquid nicotine stored in a cartridge, into an inhalable vapor that looks and tastes like smoke from a regular cigarette.  These products are touted to be “safer” alternatives to cigarette smoking.  Often imported from other countries and distributed by multiple e-cigarette companies, they are marketed under various proprietary names.  These products are not currently regulated by the FDA, and their long-term safety has not been demonstrated.  Read more »


Top 5 Things You Didn’t Think Could be Poisonous to Children

Posted: January 5th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Half of the calls received by the IPC involve kids under the age of 6.  Young children are naturally curious and explore their environments by touching and putting things into their mouths.  They learn by imitation, their taste buds are immature and they do not understand cause and effect.  Plus they are just small, so in many cases it doesn’t take much to overwhelm their little systems.  The IPC recommends keeping all potentially harmful substances away from children, because just about anything can be a poison in the right amount.  The following 5 things are in many households and it may surprise you that they can be so harmful. Read more »