ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a multi-state effort to urge the Food and Drug Administration to require child-resistant packaging and health warnings on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine.
An increase in nicotine poisoning incidents in children, from e-cigarettes, prompted Schneiderman and attorneys general in Illinois and Indiana to draft a letter to the FDA asking that regulations require proper warning labels on liquid nicotine products.
According to the letter, a survey reported that 87 percent of adult respondents would support FDA requirements for childproof packaging.
In 2014, there were 3,783 reported exposures to liquid nicotine, just over half of which involved a child under the age of six.
“As more and more Americans – especially young people – take up e-cigarettes, it is more important than ever that the FDA ensures our children are protected from the dangers of liquid nicotine,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“Child-resistant packaging and health warnings are an essential step to keeping these potentially lethal toxins out of the hands of our children. The FDA must step up and regulate the sale and packaging of these dangerous products before any more kids are harmed.”
The letter was signed by attorneys general in 33 states.