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1. Call the Poison Center Helpline (1-800-222-1222) if you or another person have been exposed to something that might cause an unwanted and/or unexpected reaction.


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My Child Ate Chewing Tobacco

Jan 17, 2018
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Chewing Tobacco                                                                 Post Date:  Jan. 2014



This information is applicable for small, unintentional ingestions only. If the child ingested more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount ingested, call your local Poison Center immediately 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist or physician for recommendations specific to your situation.  The call is free and confidential.


Toxicity Level:  Toxic


Also Known As:  tobacco, nicotine


What It Is:  Tobacco products are used for the nicotine component.  These products are not meant to be swallowed and not meant for use by children.   If your child has ingested chewing tobacco or saliva containing chewing tobacco residue, call your local Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately for advice specific to your situation.   The call is free and confidential.


Toxicity:  The toxic component of tobacco is nicotine.  Nicotine is toxic; small amounts can be managed at home with the poison center’s help, however large amounts can be life threatening. 


Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  vomiting, sweating, drowsiness/tiredness, shaking, confusion, seizures, death


What You Should DoIf your child has ingested tobacco or saliva containing chewing tobacco residue, call 1-800-222-1222 immediately for advice specific to your situation.   The poison center expert will ask you a few questions, and then tell you if it is safe to watch the child at home or if you need to take him or her to the emergency room. The call is free and confidential



If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.


If you have any further questions about this substance, or if your child is experiencing any symptoms, call the poison center experts who are available 24/7 via the free, confidential helpline: 1-800-222-1222.   Don’t guess, be sure!


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