Act would regulate childproof packaging on liquid nicotine

Columbus Dispatch

A product once used as pesticide is being flavored like bubble gum and poisoning Ohio children.

A small container of liquid nicotine — used for electronic cigarettes — can be poisonous and deadly if ingested. However, the easy-access packaging and tasty flavors don’t dissuade children from picking them up off the counter at home.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio introduced the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act yesterday that would give the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the authority to regulate the packaging and make it more childproof.

Brown said guidelines need to be in place to protect children from the substance, giving the products regulations and packaging like those required for other dangerous substances.

In 2013, 20 cases of nicotine poisoning were reported in Ohio. However, that number is expected to exceed 200 in 2014. Containers of the colored substance need childproof caps, Brown said, “so children can’t pick this up.”

Signs of liquid nicotine poisoning are vomiting, nausea and seizures.

Brown was joined by Dr. Robert Crane, a clinical associate professor of family medicine at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, and Henry Spiller, the director of the Central Ohio Poison Center for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as he announced the legislation at Columbus Public Health.

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