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Esty’s Liquid Nicotine Safety Packaging Bill Becomes Law

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Richard Blumenthal Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, which requires child safety packaging on liquid nicotine containers, has become law, according to two of its sponsors, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, both Connecticut Democrats.

“After two years of working to protect our children from preventable liquid nicotine poisonings, I am proud to announce President Obama signed the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act into law," Esty said."This new law will protect our children from unnecessary poisonings by requiring liquid nicotine containers to have child-proof packaging. Even a small bottle of liquid nicotine may contain enough nicotine to kill four small children. With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, thousands of children are exposed to liquid nicotine.” 

“Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is a concentrated, deadly poison that -- even in very small quantities -- can kill a child," Blumenthal said. "Cases of accidental poisonings have skyrocketed in recent years, sending children across Connecticut and nationwide to emergency rooms with serious health consequences. Simple, child-proof bottles will go a long way to preventing future tragedy. 

Liquid nicotine comes in many colors and flavors, such as grape, cotton candy or gummy bear, which are attractive to children and often lead to accidental poisonings, the lawmakers said. 

More than half of reported exposures to liquid nicotine have occurred in young children under the age of 6, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. 

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