The state of North Carolina legislators are taking the first steps to making warning labels and child-resistant packaging mandatory for e-cigarette liquid. The bipartisan Senate Bill 286 (sponsored by Senators Stan Bingham and Don Davis) passed unanimously through the House Health committee and the Senate by a vote of 48-0. It will now move on to the House for a final vote.
The bill will require all e-liquid sold in North Carolina to be clearly packaged and have a warning label. The law would go into effect on December 1st if the bill passes. Any company or individual in violation of the law could face a misdemeanor.
The child-resistant packaging SB 286 would require is packaging that is “significantly difficult” for children (especially those under 5) to open. In addition, the safety warning required would need to follow N.C. Commission for Public Health guidelines.
Reason for Concern
As e-cigarette usage has become more prevalent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noticed an increase in the number of poisoning amongst children (especially those younger than age 5). The major concern with exposure (defined as ingestion, splashed into eyes or onto the skin and inhalation) to e-liquid is the nicotine found within.
Nicotine over-exposure, especially a concentrated liquid version, can lead to nausea, eye irritation and/or vomiting.
In addition to protecting children from being inadvertently exposed to liquid nicotine by requiring child-resistant packaging, this bill would also help to protect vapers from bootleg e-liquid and ensure that they purchase their e-cigarette supplies from reputable sources.
Sen. Bingham feels that not only will the bill fulfil its intended purpose, but it will also bring awareness to being a responsible e-cigarette user. Bingham has stated that he feels “there are too many e-cig and vaporizer users who don’t recognize the potential harm the e-liquid can cause if contacted in those ways.”
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