PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Rhode Island Attorney
General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that legislation filed on his behalf that
would require e-liquid packaging used in electronic nicotine-delivery systems
such as e-cigarettes to be child resistant has been advanced by the State House
"The popularity and use of e-cigarettes and vaping
products continues to rise. While the jury is still out on the health effects
of e-cigarettes versus the known health traditional nicotine products, we can
all agree that these products should be kept out of the hands of
children," Kilmartin said. "Most troubling is that these products –
especially e-liquids – come in a variety of enticing flavors, such as candy
crush and gummy bear, which appeal to children. There is currently no such regulation
on this toxic product with respect to child-resistant packaging."
Child-resistant packaging is packaging that has been
constructed to be significantly difficult for children under the age of 5 to
open or obtain substances contained therein within a reasonable time.
Kilmartin’s office notes that it is important for Rhode
Island to address the issue as a state because the Department of Behavioral
Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals should have the right to
enforce child-resistant packaging violations.