My Child Ate Cigarettes
If your child swallowed or sucked on a cigarette or cigarette butt, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.
What to know: Cigarettes
- Cigarettes contain nicotine and tobacco, and can include brands like Newport, Camel, Marlboro and more.
- If your child ingested a small amount of nicotine, you can manage the situation at home with IPC’s help. Large amounts of nicotine, however, can be life-threatening.
Toxicity LevelWhat are toxicity levels?
My child ate a cigarette. What should I do?
Cigarettes are highly toxic and are not meant to be used or consumed by children.
Symptoms of PoisoningIngesting cigarettes can cause vomiting, sweating, drowsiness/tiredness, shaking, confusion, seizures and even death.
If your child develops any symptoms, or could have had contact with cigarettes, tobacco, or nicotine, call IPC now at 1-800-222-1222.
Cigarettes may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.
If your child got cigarette ashes in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.
For more instructions, please see our page on eye exposure information.
Have an urgent question or need more help?
Don't hesitate to call IPC at
This call is free and confidential.