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  • Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015

    by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

    Posted on 2016-01-11

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    JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support to S. 142, the ``Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act,'' which requires any nicotine provided in a liquid nicotine container sold, offered for sale, manufactured for sale, distributed in commerce must be in special packaging that is difficult for children under five years of age to open or access harmful contents.

    As the founding member and Chair of the Congressional Children's Caucus, I am in support of this bill because it places the safety of children first.

    Today, small children are at risk of injury and death from easily accessed liquid nicotine used to refill electronic cigarettes.

    Nicotine liquids used in e-cigarettes are sold without child proof packaging.

    Further, these nicotine products are attractive to children because they come in a wide range of candy flavors such as gummy bear, cotton candy and chocolate.

    Liquid nicotine is highly toxic and sold in a highly concentrated form.

    Many liquid nicotine products contain nearly 36 mg of nicotine per milliliter of liquid.

    According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids the concentrated form of nicotine in liquid form intended for use in smokeless cigarettes would only take a small 15 milliliter dose to kill four toddlers.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014.

    Data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) showed nearly 4,000 adverse incidents related to e-cigarette exposures in 2014, a 145 percent increase from 2013 and a 14-fold increase since 2011.

    In 2015, there were 1,499 calls to Poison Control Centers through May 31, 2015 that were liquid nicotine related.

    This bill would save children's lives by allowing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the authority to require the use of child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine containers sold to consumers.

    The CPSC currently requires such packaging on many common toxic household substances like bleach, as well as FDA-regulated products like prescription drugs.

    S. 142 is needed to save children from unnecessary poisonings from liquid nicotine.

    The most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey showed e-cigarette use is growing fast, and now this report shows e-cigarette related poisonings are also increasing rapidly,'' said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.

    We all must do our part to reduce liquid nicotine poisoning of children.

    It will take the efforts of members of the House in voting to pass this bill, health care providers, e-cigarette companies and distributors, and the public need to join efforts to keep our children safe from potential health risk from e-cigarettes.

    Strategies to monitor and prevent future poisonings are critical given the rapid increase in e-cigarette related poisonings and the first step is voting for S. 142.

    I ask my colleagues to join me in support of S. 142, ``Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act.'' The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentlewoman from Indiana (Mrs. Brooks) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, S. 142.

    The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the bill was passed.

    A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.


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