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The Dangers of E-cigarettes to Dogs

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We’ve all seen the rage in e-cigarettes the last few years; it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing someone with these battery-operated cigarettes (some that look just like traditional cigarettes, others that look like the device above).

What I didn’t know until I saw the Today Show this morning was just how dangerous the liquid was that goes into the e-cigarettes, with the potential to cause death to both people and pets if the liquid comes into contact with your skin. According to the report below, a tablespoon of liquid on the skin of an adult can cause death, just a teaspoon on a child’s skin can be fatal.

Last month, a puppy in the UK died after biting into an electronic cigarette refill bottle. There’s a real risk of nicotine poisoning by dogs biting into the refill bottles, the cigarettes themselves, or by knocking over the refill bottles and stepping in the liquid.

Please be sure to keep an e-cigarettes and especially refill bottles away from your dog; besides the risk of a spill, the potential for your dog biting and breaking into the liquid is deadly. If you have company in your home, watch to make sure your dog doesn’t get into your visitor’s purse (a huge danger not just for e-cigarettes but medication). On your walks, be sure to keep an eye out for discarded e-cigarettes. Nicotine poisoning is a risk for all members of your family–both human and pet!

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits,, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.

  • Sick of lazy people

    my dogs must be the smartest in the world then, because they smell the nicotine and avoid it i can leave a puddle on the table and they will sniff in the direction of the liquid and then sneeze and back away. puppies maybe but if your dog has half a brain it will know its bad and leave it alone…. this is just more bullshit fear mongering. learn to take resposibility for you mistakes instead of demonizing an inanimate object.

  • Parenting Furkids

    There’s also that thing that’s been on the news around here of people leaving them plugged up too long to recharge, and then the batter in it overcharges, explodes and starts fires. People shouldn’t leave the battery parts plugged up overnight or while they’re not in the house. What happens if someone leaves it plugged up while they’re not home and it starts a fire with their pets in the house alone?

  • Nimish Kulshrestha

    Electronic cigarettes: Are they safer than tobacco? Or are they a
    high-tech way to hook a new generation on a bad nicotine habit?

    Nobody knows yet.

    Research into the effects of e-cigarettes lags behind their
    popularity. But ready or not, the era of e-cigarettes is here. It’s a booming,
    billion-dollar industry — on track to outsell tobacco products within a
    decade. The number of teens and tweens using these products doubled between
    2011 and 2012.

    The time to get informed about these products is

  • AregularMom

    I hope you all realize that it’s the pharmaceutical industry that is behind all of this “bad news” about ecigs. They are petrified they will loose all the smoking cessation drug business – and it is in the billions upon billions of dollars worth of business. And not one of them work! The ecig can be used with or without nicotine. Not many people are aware of even that small fact.
    As with all things for adults, these and anything that may have the potential to harm human or animal should be kept out of reach of same.