Childproof E-Liquid Packaging: What Are The Implications?
The laws surrounding e-cigarettes are still a disorganized patchwork that are completely inconsistent from state to state but now moves are being made to create some national regulations in response to public safety concerns. Back in January the House of Congress passed a bill that will make all e-liquid containers childproof and this legislation is set to become enforced from July. Whilst we are still awaiting the recommendations from the FDA it is worth looking at this bill and understanding why it is an excellent example of how e-liquid/e-cigarette regulation can be a deeply positive force for good.
The Need For Regulation
At Black Note and in fact most reputable e-liquid suppliers have provided their products in childproof packaging for years, so while it may not seem that regulating a need for this was necessary it was. Nicotine can be very harmful it can cause poisoning in large doses and harm the skin. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers the number of child nicotine poisoning cases has drastically increased. In 2010 there was on average one case per month by 2014 this figure reached 215 per month. That is a dramatic rise over a very short period of time. On top of this there have been a number of high profile cases where children have tragically died from drinking e-liquids. Unfortunately, these tragic incidents were due to some rogue manufacturers not using childproof packaging for their e-liquids. This is why a law like this is necessary.
On this issue America actually lags behind the rest of the world at an alarming rate. In other countries these laws have existed for several years now. The UK is one of the most comparable countries to the US for e-cigarette usage and they have had regulations regarding the packaging since 2009. Other countries have also had them for around the same amount of time, the delays in introducing it over here is simply a case of the US regulatory process being slower than in smaller countries that do not have a federal government structure.
What Does Childproof Mean in the Content of E-Liquid?
A childproof bottle features a lid that children will struggle to undo. Currently some lids are simply screw tops that can be easily undone by almost anyone but a childproof lid requires pressure or tension in another direction in order to begin unscrewing the cap. All childproof packaging is rigorously tested. It needs to be 80% effective at keeping children from opening it in under 5 minutes. This is the same standard and same type of fitting as with other harmful substances. Items like prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication and many other harmful substances that are in the average Americans home. It is something most citizens are accustomed to opening and should not pose any problem to vapers.
Will This Harm The Vaping Industry?
No. Unlike some legislation that has been pushed through on state and national levels this law is incredibly sensible and is in the best interest of the vaping industry. Having cases of child poisoning does not help the reputation of e-liquid and e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking. In fact, if anything it helps further demonize these misunderstood products. If by having this law it will prevent further cases of child poisoning, then it has been deeply successful.
This law is the epitome of common sense it is there to simply make e-liquid safer for storage in the home. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla) who wholeheartedly supported the bill said “requiring child-proof caps on these bottles is just common sense.” However, the childproof packaging is only 80% reliable that means as a vaper you still have some responsibilities to ensure the safety of your children and any other residents in your home. E-Liquid and E-cigarettes should be kept out of reach of children at all times. Store it in your bedroom or somewhere they are not going to be looking. Keeping it high up on shelves or in cupboards will also have this effect. You could even have a lockable box where you store your vaping gear. Any of these measures should reduce the chances of your child accessing your vaping products.
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