Senate Democrats Demand Liquid Nicotine Rules
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A dozen Senate Democrats are pushing federal legislation to require child-proof bottles for liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, both Connecticut Democrats, said Tuesday that safety rules are needed in response to a rise in poisonings.
Blumenthal said the absence of rules has led to a “wild, wild west of unregulated e-nicotine.”
The American Association of Poison Control Centers cites a nearly eight-fold increase in exposures to poison from e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine since 2011.
A spokesman for Altria Group, which owns numerous traditional cigarette and e-cigarette brands, said their e-vapor products use non-refillable cartridges that consumers discard when empty. He says the company supports child-proof containers for refills of opened bottles.
The battery-powered devices allow users to inhale vapor from a heated liquid nicotine solution.