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Bill Nelson's bill steps up safety of e-cigs

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January

Sen. Bill Nelson's bill requiring child-proof caps on liquid nicotine bottles is headed to President Obama's desk.

“A few drops of this stuff can cause a child to become extremely ill,” the Democrat said in a release. “Requiring child-proof caps on these bottles is just common sense."

The House passed the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 on Monday; the Senate had earlier.

From a Nelson release:

Liquid nicotine is sold in concentrated form for use in e-cigarettes, and is often packaged in easy-to-open, brightly-colored vials with appealing flavors such as Yummy Gummy, Cotton Candy and Tutti Frutti. Just a single teaspoon of highly-concentrated liquid nicotine could kill a small child, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers

The AAPCC also found that calls to poison control centers related to liquid nicotine exposure have spiked in recent years, climbing from just one call per month in September 2010 to 318 calls per month in March 2015.  Many of these calls involved children five years old or younger.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:13am]

    

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