Now that smokers can opt for e-cigarettes, the health benefits to them and the wider community are obvious.
Instead of inhaling toxic smoke, or inflicting it on others there’s a safer, cleaner alternative.
But now there’s a major scare over e-cigarettes and the danger they posed to our beloved pets.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) revealed figures showing a rapid rise in the number of pets poisoned by the nicotine infused devices.
Even relatively small doses of nicotine liquid can cause harm or death to a dog or cat.
And last year, reports the Liverpool Echo, the number of pets poisoned by biting or chewing the e-cigarettes or their refills was 113 – up from 17 the previous year, according to figures compiled by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS).
BVA president Gudrun Ravetz said: “It is important to remember that e-cigarettes and refills can easily contain sufficient quantities of nicotine to kill a small animal very quickly.
“If pet owners use e-cigarettes, we’d recommend storing all equipment safely out of reach of their pet.”
They can also backfire in other ways – as shown below!
What symptoms should I look for?
Nicotine poisoning can include vomiting, abnormal heart rate, uncoordination, tremors, weakness and collapse.
What steps should I take?
If a pet owner suspects that their pet has chewed or eaten a toxic substance, they should contact their local vet as quickly as possible.
And did you know these things are bad too?
Grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants
Medication or recreational drugs (obviously)
Vitamin D pills
Fertilisers – including bonemeal
Blood thinning medications