Protecting Our Children from Accidental Liquid Nicotine Exposure

E-Cigarettes are quickly rising in popularity and becoming a more common household item. The liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes are particularly dangerous to children. Ingestion or even absorption through the skin can produce very serious and potentially fatal effects. Currently there are no laws regulating child-proof packaging of liquid nicotine for E-cigarette use. We need to protect our children from accidental nicotine poisonings by supporting the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act which will require child-resistant packaging of liquid nicotine.

The CDC recently reported a dramatic increase in the number of calls made to poison control centers for accidental nicotine poisonings in children. According to their statement, the number of calls to poison control centers regarding liquid nicotine containing substances rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. More than half of those calls related to children younger than age 5. The liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes is particularly appealing to children because they come in flavors such as candy and fruit.

The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (S. 2581/H.R. 5486) will allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to promulgate a rule requiring child-resistant packaging of liquid nicotine. Currently there are regulations in place that protect children from potential toxins such as household cleaners and prescription medications. With the incidence of liquid nicotine encounters by children on the rise, we have a responsibility to protect them from coming into contact with this toxin as well.

Please contact your representatives in support of the Child Nicotine Poisoning Act (S. 2581/H.R. 5486) so that we may protect our children from accidental exposure to this harmful substance. For more information, click on the links below.

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0403-e-cigarette-poison.html

http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/LiquidNicotinePoisoningPreventionBill.aspx

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2581

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr5486

Paige Partridge, MD

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