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US congress approves bill mandating child-proof packaging of liquid nicotine

PKBR Staff Writer Published 12 January 2016

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that mandates child-proof packaging of liquid nicotine in the country.

The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 was introduced by US Senator Bill Nelson to ensure that liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is being sold in bottles with child-proof caps that would be difficult for children to open.

"A few drops of this stuff can cause a child to become extremely ill.

"Requiring child-proof caps on these bottles is just common sense," added Nelson.

The measure has been introduced after several children under five-years age fell ill due to liquid nicotine poisoning. Consumption of liquid nicotine also caused death in children.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), intake of a single teaspoon of highly-concentrated liquid nicotine could kill a small child.

The liquid nicotine in concentrated form is usually sold in easy-to-open, brightly-colored vials with appealing flavors such as Yummy Gummy, Cotton Candy and Tutti Frutti.

Figures released by AAPCC show that calls to poison control centers related to liquid nicotine exposure have increased in recent years from just one call per month in September 2010 to 318 calls per month in March 2015.

The legislation will be further taken up in parliament for President Barack Obama's consent.