Ohio has approved a bill for mandatory child-resistant packaging regulation for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.
Members of the Senate Transportation, Commerce & Labor Committee argued that due to their variety of flavors like fruit or chocolate, e-cigarette liquid refills could provoke children to consume them.
Under the new law, the packaging must be difficult for a child under five years old to open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount of the liquid nicotine. The legislation will require child-resistant packaging for e-cigarette liquid even if it does not contain nicotine. However, the law does not apply to sealed, pre-filled or disposable replacement cartridges. The committee has altered parts of the bill to provide retailers with more time to redesign their packaging.
Sen. Shannon Jones, who first proposed the bill in late 2014, said:
“Electronic cigarette refills contain unregulated and highly concentrated levels of liquid nicotine. If ingested or absorbed through the skin, exposure to just one teaspoon could be lethal to a child. Child-resistant packaging and limiting product volumes have been shown effective in reducing fatalities associated with accidental ingestion of medications such as Tylenol, Aspirin, Iron-containing medications and Benadryl. It is crucial that we continue to implement measures that protect our children from dangerous and potentially lethal substances.”