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U.S. Rep Esty Introduces Legislation To Prevent Child Nicotine Poisoning

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has introduced the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014, requiring child-safety packaging on liquid nicotine containers.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has introduced the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014, requiring child-safety packaging on liquid nicotine containers. Photo Credit: www.votesmart.org

DANBURY, Conn. – U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) has introduced legislation that would require child safety protection packaging for liquid nicotine containers.

The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014 directs the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to enact the law within one year of passage.

“We are starting to see the real consequences of a lack of federal action on e-cigarettes,” said Esty, who represents Danbury and much of northwestern Connecticut in Congress. “The refill vials of liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes are visually appealing and the different flavors, like fruit and bubblegum, tempt children to taste the liquid, which could be fatal. Calls to poison control centers, including the UConn Health Center in Farmington, for liquid nicotine poisonings have skyrocketed.

"It is both alarming and inexcusable that there are currently no child-resistance packaging requirements to prevent accidental poisonings.”

In July, an identical bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and others.

In March, Esty introduced the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014, which requires the Federal Trade Commission to prohibit marketing e-cigarettes to children.

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