- Published: 23 May 2014
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-10th) passed two proposals out of the Senate this week that seek to further protect children against the harmful effects of nicotine.
The first proposal, House Bill 5868, requires that electronic cigarettes must be sold behind the counter of convenience stores or in sealed display cases to keep them out of the curious hands of underage children.
“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, just like regular cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco,” said Mulroe, who is chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee. “These other products must be contained behind a counter or in a sealed case, so it stands to reason that electronic cigarettes should be contained in the same fashion.”
The second measure, House Bill 5689, would require the nicotine liquid marketed for refillable electronic cigarettes to be sold in child-proof containers.
“The number of calls to poison control centers across the nation has increased exponentially in the last few years due to accidental child consumption of e-cigarette’s nicotine liquid,” Mulroe said. “These liquids are often flavored and have an appetizing aroma, but consumption of an entire vile can be extremely dangerous and can cause nicotine poisoning.”
House Bill 5689 passed the Senate on Thursday and now returns to the House of Representatives for their concurrence. House Bill 5868 passed the Senate today and now moves to the governor’s desk for his consideration.