President Obama signed into law the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, which requires all liquid nicotine containers used for e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to be sold in child-resistant packaging.
This law addresses growing concern over child poisoning cases related to e-cigarettes, which increased tenfold between 2011 and 2014 and totaled more than 3,638 in 2014, as well as one death of a 1-year-old boy resulting from ingestion of nicotine e-liquid.
While this legislation is an important step in increasing the safety of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices, safety issues still abound, with reports of toxic e-liquid flavorings causing harm to lungswhen inhaled, e-cigarettes spontaneously exploding, and their unproven use as a cessation device. They remain unregulated by the FDA.
Meanwhile, the devices are marketing using youth-appealing techniques, including bright colorful packaging, cartoons, sweet and fruity flavors, celebrity endorsements, and sex appeal.
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