Revised legislation in Ohio Senate for child-resistant e-cigarette liquid packaging

12 February 2015 (Last Updated February 12th, 2015 18:30)

A revised legislation has been introduced in Ohio Senate that mandates an addition of child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes.

A revised legislation has been introduced in Ohio Senate that mandates an addition of child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes.

Proposed by senator Shannon Jones in late 2014, the revised legislation will require child-resistant packaging for e-cigarettes liquid even if it does not contain nicotine, reports Aurora Advocate. A penalty of up to $1,000 was suggested for each violation.

However, sealed, pre-filled or disposable replacement cartridges are exempted from the law.

"The packaging must be designed in such a way that it should be difficult for a child under five to open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount of the liquid."

The packaging must be designed in such a way that it should be difficult for a child under five to open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount of the liquid, the regulation says.

This will help in preventing children from accidentally consuming the toxic liquid, which is often sold in bright colour packaging, and in flavours that are attractive to youngsters.

Shannon Jones said that consumption of a half teaspoon of liquid nicotine may cause health risks to youngsters.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Poison Control Center director Rick Spiller was quoted by the publication saying: "The amount [of nicotine] in these bottles is frankly frightening, as much as 100 mg or 125 mg in a single teaspoon.

"There's more in a mouthful of this than an entire pack of cigarettes. Drinking a half ounce bottle will be fatal to a child."