The Israeli ministries are urging people to give up smoking and a recent government report has found that both the heavy smokers in the Jewish and Muslim populations in Israel are cutting down, if only by a few percentages. But methods for quitting can be fatal for some.
According to local reports, a two-year-old toddler managed to suck out and ingest liquid nicotine, the kind found in electronic cigarettes made to help people bust the habit of ingested carcinogenic tobacco into their lungs. The girl reportedly died last night in the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem.
The police were questioning the girls parents to see if the cigarette came from them or from another source.
There is enough nicotine in one regular cigarette to seriously harm a small child.
Living in the Middle East, I see far too many instances of people tossing cigarettes butts around the streets, parks and beaches with no regard for the public who comes into contact with them.
My two-year-old daughter is constantly picking up old butts, any that she can get her hands on, and is always trying to emulate the inhaling that she sees being done by other adults. She doesn’t understand that the butts are dirty and possibly dangerous to her.
Do us a favor – share this news of Urbin around the world – a nice-looking butt bit so people can dispose butts in style. And keep your kids away from your smoke-busting devices, patches and pills.
While Middle Eastern people are among the biggest smokers in the world, and they do so under lax smoking laws and enforcement (see some new laws and campaigns in Jordan for instance), it’s a very very sad day when children die because of our need to break the habit. Wise up people. If you smoke, do it far from the kiddies, far enough that they don’t see you or breathe your smoke.
And if you have to buy the nicotine electronic cigs to bust the habit keep them far from the reach of your little ones.
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