Collection: Bulk Nicotine
Nicotine is a deadly substance. Calls to US poison center are rising rapidly since the introduction of eCigarettes. Nicotine may result in accidental death of infants, children, and even adults via inhalation, ingestion, and even dermal exposure. Nicotine has also been used in murders and suicides.
Due to nicotine’s potency as a poison, it is especially troublesome that it is available for sale in bulk quantities online at high concentrations. 1 liter bottles of 54mg/ml and 100mg/ml nicotine are readily available for purchase online. Even 55 gallon drums are obtainable via internet purchases. Please see attached online advertisements.
According to the CDC, the lethal dose for nicotine has been estimated to be about 50 to 60 mg for a 70 kg man. (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/idlh/54115.html) Making nicotine available to the public in bulk quantities, with its potential use as in terrorism, represents a clear and present public health risk.
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