Rhode Island legislation regarding e-cig packaging advances in House of Representatives

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 17, 2016

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 of Representatives.

"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.

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