The e-cigarette market is one growing exponentially, and along with it a lot of debate concerning the general safety of these devices. Among the concerns, there is one that needs to be handled very carefully and it refers to e-liquid poisonings. E-liquid safety worries have sparked with the increased number of nicotine poisonings in infants and pets. You have probably heard of puppies dying at the vet’s office after chewing on a plastic bottle of e-liquid of or children going to the emergency room after accidentally ingesting sweet flavored e-liquid.
At the moment there’s no imposed limit on the nicotine concentration that e-cigarette companies include in their e-liquids. A safety cap on e-liquid bottles will dramatically reduce the risk of accidental poisonings but when it’s not stored in a safe location well beyond the reach of children and pets it could pose a peril. But now lawmakers want to limit the percentage of pure nicotine in each e-liquid bottle and thus prevent the risk of fatalities after accidental ingestion.
Sen. Bill Nelson introduced a bill that would require childproof liquid nicotine bottles. He said that according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there have been more than 1,500 calls regarding liquid nicotine exposure this year, double the number from 2013.
Ingestion of pure liquid nicotine can cause vomiting and seizures and even death, a leading pediatricians’ group says. Also, according to a questionable New York Times report, teaspoon of highly diluted liquid nicotine, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, could potentially kill a small child.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports an increasing number of phone calls made involving incidental consumption of e-liquid. ‘There is a word for the toxic candy-flavored liquids found in electronic cigarettes: poison. Protecting our nation’s children from exposure to poison is basic common sense, especially when it can have dangerous and fatal consequences like liquid nicotine,’ said Senator Dick Durban.
‘We require child-proof packaging for items like Tylenol, Drano, and mouthwash, but not liquid nicotine,’ said Sen. Mark Pryor, a former state attorney general. ‘I have been working with industry on solutions, and was hopeful they would step up on their own. However, we are seeing more and more children poisoned and even sent to the emergency room as a result of liquid nicotine. We can’t afford to keep waiting. Requiring child-proof packaging for these products is a common-sense solution to keep our kids safe.’
The e-liquids comes in a diversity of nicotine levels, ranging anywhere from 0 mg to 24 mg. This wide variety allows users to customize their vaping experience fit their needs and gradually decrease the nicotine concentration they are puffin on.
However, not everyone is happy with this bill, mostly vape shop owners ‘Honestly, I feel like they’re just trying to get control of a profitable business,’ said Jake Weaver, e-cig proponent and manager of a local vape shop.