Four liquid nicotine companies have agreed to sell nicotine in child-resistant packaging across the US state of New York.
The companies which have been violating a state law requiring nicotine to be sold in child-resistant packaging include Henley Vaporium and Beyond Vape with retail outlets in New York City, besides two other firms that sell their product online or through local retailers.
Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman said: "New York law is clear: liquid nicotine is highly toxic and must be sold in child-resistant packaging.
"Today, we are taking action against four companies, and putting others on notice: stop selling liquid nicotine in anything but child-resistant containers, or we will come after you.
"As our investigation continues, I urge the federal government to do their part by requiring child-resistant packaging for these products nationwide, and to regulate the marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes."
Under the agreed terms, the companies will remove any liquid nicotine in packaging that fails to meet child-resistant standards, from all their distributors and retail purchasers.
The companies will also be prohibited from selling any container not in child-resistant packaging in the future.
They must provide proof of testing of products to ensure that the containers carry poison prevention packaging to allow exchange of any bottles sold without appropriate protection and to pay penalties to New York.
Figures released by the American Association of Poison Control Centers show that more than 3,700 liquid nicotine exposures were reported to poison control centres across the country in 2014. Last year, an 18-month-old boy in the state died from ingesting liquid nicotine.
Image: Liquid nicotine is used in electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to create the vapour that the user inhales. Photo: courtesy of www.vaping360.com