Habitot Children's Museum

FALL-WINTER HOURS
October 1- March 31
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9:30 - 12:30
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SPRING-SUMMER HOURS
April 1 - September 30
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9:30 - 12:30
9:30 - 12:30
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9:30 - 4:30
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Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
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Prevent E-cigarettes Poisoning in Young Children
By now, most of us know about e-cigarettes. They are devices that use a battery to heat a liquid nicotine solution (“e-liquid”). The heated e-liquid creates an aerosol that is breathed into the lungs. Some people use e-cigarettes thinking they are a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes, but current evidence shows they are not safer at all. Not for our bodies, not for our environment, and definitely not for our children.

Just like real cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine and chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems. Across the United States, poison control centers continue to report soaring numbers of accidental poisonings related to the nicotine liquid used in electronic cigarettes. Despite the fact that nicotine is toxic, these liquids often come in child-friendly flavors and colors. Nicotine liquids are sold in rainbows of bright containers with flavors including “vivid vanilla,” “cherry crush” chocolate, Jolly Rancher, Gummy Bear and Bubble Gum. Most containers lack warnings or child-proof packaging.

These “e-liquids,” the key ingredients in e-cigarettes, are powerful neurotoxins. Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. A teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child. But, like e-cigarettes, e-liquids are not regulated by federal authorities. They are mixed on factory floors and in the back rooms of shops, and sold legally in stores and online in small bottles that are kept casually around the house for regular refilling of e-cigarettes.

Immediately call the California Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222 if any e- liquid is swallowed, gets on the skin or in the eyes. If you use e-cigarettes or other tobacco products, call for free help with quitting: 1-800-NO BUTTS (1-800-662- 8887)

 
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For additional information, please go to
www.safekids.org
www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/tobacco/Pages/default.aspx
 
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