Nicotine poisoning facts

Covering nicotine poisoning in children, in dogs, symptoms and possible treatment

Poisoning from nicotine is not a common occurrence in smokers or tobacco users so long as the usage parameters are observed. The closest that poisoning from nicotine can occur in tobacco users is in those who are trying to quit smoking. When quitting smoking nicotine replacement therapies such a nicotine gum and patches should not be taken with any other nicotine replacement treatment.

For instance, smoking and chewing nicotine gum with a nicotine patch strapped on the arm drinking nicotine water and on a chantix program will inevitably lead to poisoning from nicotine.

Rather, poisoning from nicotine is more common in children and animals around the household of people who smoke. Cigarette butts contain nicotine which when swallowed will cause nicotine poisoning in children.The results can be so severe as to lead to nicotine poisoning death in infants. This is why it is important to keep all tobacco related products away from children at all times. Moist Plug a chewing tobacco product is made from sweet syrup which can easily entice children leading to poisoning.

Poisoning from nicotine in dogs occurs simply because dogs have a tendency to sniff and pick on anything attractive unless they are really trained. Most nicotine related products have attractive aromas from the different flavors used in manufacture of the products. These often are the single reason pets end up poisoned by nicotine.

Underage tobacco girlIn developing countries there is yet a different reason for poisoning from nicotine. Tobacco harvesters which are usually children often suffer from severe intoxication from wet tobacco leaves a phenomenon commonly known as green tobacco sickness.

Nicotine is water soluble and can enter the bloodstream via the skin hence the nicotine patch technique. No real rain is needed to help poison these underage harvesters. Moderate to heavy dew is enough to transform their clothing into giant nicotine patches delivering enough nicotine to match 50 cigarettes per day.

Poisoning from nicotine: the symptoms

The following are common and known clinical signs of poisoning. They are more or less the same as experienced by poisoned dogs and pets.


  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Stomach pain
  • Drooling
  • Headaches
  • Palpation - abnormal heart beat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of strength
  • Pale skin color


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