*House considers nicotine poisoning prevention act
The Energy and Commerce Committee advanced the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act 2015 earlier this month, legislation introduced by US Reps Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) that requires child safety packaging. Liquid nicotine is used in e-cigarettes which are growing in popularity. It comes in many flavors and colors that are appealing to younger children. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control said calls to poison centres related to child nicotine poisoning occurred 214 times per month in 2014, which was up from one per month just four years before.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers said that more than half of reported exposures to liquid nicotine have occurred in young children under the age of 6. Currently, there is no packaging requirements for liquid nicotine, which can be swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Read full article
**PRESS RELEASE: Committee acts to protect children
The Energy and Commerce Committee approved bipartisan legislation authored by committee member Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) that would protect children from exposure to e-liquids containing nicotine (a product used in open system e-cigarettes and other e-smoking applications). H.R. 3242 would ensure child-resistant packaging for e-liquid products that contain nicotine, which can come in many colors and flavors.
“The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 has cleared this legislative hurdle and can move forward to consideration before the full House of Representatives. “This legislation will ensure proper protections are in place to prevent unnecessary medical emergencies and deaths, which are on the rise across the country. There have already been 67 cases of e-cigarette exposure in Indiana alone this year. This legislation is a timely solution to this growing problem” said Brooks.
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*Ripon Advance (12 October 2015) House considering liquid nicotine poisoning prevention act [editorial]. Retrieved from http://ow.ly/TkSjz
**E&C (30 September 2015) Committee acts to protect children [press release]. Retrieved from http://ow.ly/Tl2mF