EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A toddler from New York could be the first child to die from liquid nicotine, the substance used in e-cigarettes. The incident has prompted an urgent push from lawmakers to put strict regulations on the product.
The e-cigarette industry has exploded into an estimated $3 billion global business with more than 450 brands. With this rising popularity, liquid nicotine refills for these products are becoming increasingly common in households across the country.
“Depending on the concentration of the nicotine in a particular bottle that can be enough to kill a young child,” said Dina Morrissey with the Hasbro Injury Prevention Center.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers recently reported over 3,300 adverse incidents related to E-Cigarette exposures through October 2014, which is a 200% increase from 2013. Lawmakers are now asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to take a closer look at liquid nicotine and how it’s marketed, specifically to make sure all of the lids are childproof.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging the quick passage of the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, which would give the CPSC the authority to require child-proof packaging on the liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes.
A statement released by the Trade Association for e-cigarettes states:
“A national standard for child-resistant packaging is the most efficient way to safeguard the public interest…this legislation is a good start”
If the legislation is passed, a CPSC spokesperson said the agency would be ready to act.