Lawmakers Consider Childproofing for E-cigarette Liquids

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Liquids used in electronic cigarettes would have to be sold in child-resistant packaging under a bill getting a hearing in the Ohio House.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine and sometimes flavorings like fruit or chocolate.

The House Health and Aging Committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a Senate version of a bill previously passed by the House.

Bill supporters say liquid nicotine refills can harm children if ingested or absorbed through the skin.

The legislation would require Ohio’s health department to develop standards for packaging resistant to children 5 and under. Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

Neither bill affects pre-filled cartridges of liquids, only those liquids that can be added to e-cigarettes. The proposals also apply to non-nicotine liquids.