A new consumer alert is being issued related to the popular electronic cigarettes.
The liquids used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to an adult's health and deadly to a child.
E-cigarettes have been touted as tools to help people stop smoking, but a recent New York Times report is warning adults about e-liquids.
It says e-liquid often contains nicotine in its most potent form. If ingested or absorbed through the skin, it can cause vomiting and seizures in adults and even be lethal to children.
E-liquids are usually brightly colored and come in a variety of appealing flavors. The liquid comes in little bottles which are often left sitting around the house for easy access. The bright colors and attractive smell can tempt small children.
One example given by Times is the case of a 2-year-old girl in Oklahoma City who drank a small bottle of a parent's nicotine liquid and had to be rushed to the emergency room.
Reports of accidental poisoning, mostly among children, are soaring, according to the Times. The number of cases increased 300 percent between 2012 and 2013.
E-liquids are not currently regulated by the federal government.