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  • Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015

    by Representative John P. Sarbanes

    Posted on 2016-01-11

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    SARBANES. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    I rise in support of S. 142, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, which would protect children from exposure to liquid nicotine.

    Liquid nicotine comes in a variety of flavors, like orange, grape, bubblegum, and cotton candy, which appeal to kids, and many of these liquid nicotine products are easily accessible to children for contact and consumption. At this time, there is no existing standard to protect against accidental poisoning.

    The threat of poisoning is not an imagined threat. About a year ago the first American victim--a 1-year-old--died from liquid nicotine poisoning. The number of calls to poison control centers about liquid nicotine continues to rise, and more than half of those reported exposures occurred in children who were under 6 years of age.

    This bill, as you heard, takes the commonsense step of directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission to limit the risks of child liquid nicotine poisoning by requiring special packaging for liquid nicotine containers.

    At the same time, it allows the Food and Drug Administration to continue with its rules on tobacco products, including the requirement for the childproof packaging of liquid nicotine.

    The FDA's authority to do so is clear, and I strongly encourage the Office of Management and Budget to finish its review of the tobacco rule so the rules can go into effect quickly.

    I hope and expect this will be as widely supported in the House as it was in the Senate. I salute Representative Brooks. I also thank Representative Elizabeth Esty for her important leadership on this critical issue and for working across the aisle, from the outset, to advance this bill.

    Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

    Mrs. BROOKS of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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