The US state of Ohio has approved a bill that will implement mandatory child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.
This comes amid contentions by the members of the US Senate Transportation, Commerce & Labor Committee that the liquid nicotine refills available in various flavours could provoke a child to consume them.
The committee has made certain changes to the bill in order to provide retailers with more time to implement redesigned packaging.
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, Aurora Advocate reported.
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 retailers failing to meet the new regulation will pay a penalty of up to $1,000.
The state law prohibits minors from consuming, possessing and using the e-cigarettes as consumption of a half-teaspoon of liquid nicotine may cause health risks to them.
Image: The liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes are available in different flavours. Photo: courtesy of Witzman via Wikipedia.