US Senate Approves Bill Requiring Child Proof Packaging for Liquid Nicotine
Late last week the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would require child-proof packaging for the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. The bill now moves onto the House of Representatives.
The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to require the child-resistant packaging on the products. The colorful packaging and sweet flavors are especially appealing to children, but if ingested, less than a teaspoon can kill a toddler.
Liquid nicotine is used to refill e-cigarettes and comes in thousands of flavors. While the health implications of e-cigarettes is controversial, liquid nicotine in its pure form is very dangerous to children if they swallow it or get it on their skin.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which applauded the bill's approval, poison control centers in 2014 received more than 3,000 calls related to e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposure. One toddler died.
Unlike other consumer products that can prove dangerous to children, liquid nicotine isn't required to have child-proof packaging.
The bill also preserves the Food and Drug Administration's authority to regulate the packaging of tobacco products.