Last night, December 10th, the United States Senate passed SB 142, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015. The bill creates a standard for child-resistant caps for liquids that contain nicotine, including the e-liquid used in e-cigarette and vapor products.
While SFATA believes the title could be more reflective of what the bill actually does, in March we sent letters to Senators John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Bill Nelson (D-Florida) applauding their work on the bill that creates sensible regulation to guard against accidental ingestion of nicotine e-liquids.
“We believe vapor products should be accessible only to adults and support the reasonable regulation of e-liquid packaging consistent with current regulation of other products not intended for ingestion,” SFATA Executive Director Cynthia Cabrera wrote to the Senators. “A national standard for child resistant packaging for e-liquids, such as that authorized in S. 142, would help the industry safeguard consumer interests, while continuing to offer adult smokers an indispensable alternative to combustible cigarettes. Absent a federal standard, SFATA members have voluntarily implemented child resistant packaging. We are pleased to see this commonsense piece of legislation move forward in the 114th Congress.”
The measure is now being considered by the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and SFATA will continue to work for it’s passage.