Committee Acts to Protect Children
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved bipartisan legislation authored by committee member Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) that would protect children from exposure to e-liquids containing nicotine (a product used in open system e-cigarettes and other e-smoking applications). H.R. 3242, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, would ensure child-resistant packaging for e-liquid products that contain nicotine, which can come in many colors and flavors and can appear attractive to children.
“I’m proud that the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 has cleared this legislative hurdle, and can move forward to consideration before the full House of Representatives,” said Brooks. “This legislation will ensure proper protections are in place to prevent unnecessary medical emergencies and deaths, which are on the rise across the country. There have already been 67 cases of e-cigarette exposure in Indiana alone this year. This legislation is a timely solution to this growing problem.”
“Sadly, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of accidental liquid nicotine poisonings in kids. This commonsense bipartisan legislation will go great lengths to keeping our children safe from accidental contact with liquid nicotine, which can be deadly,” added full committee chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “I commend Susan Brooks for spearheading this important bipartisan issue and look forward to getting this bill across the finish line.”
The Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee approved the legislation in July.