State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced the Senate's recent passage of legislation to protect children from accidental poisoning by liquid nicotine products. 

Senate Bill 54 would require liquid nicotine refill products to be sold in child-resistant packaging. According to 2014 data, U.S. poison control centers receive nearly 200 calls every day related to accidental exposure to liquid nicotine refills, half of which affect children under five. 

”The number of accidental poisonings is increasing,” Obhof said. “Senate Bill 54 is a common-sense solution to this growing problem.”

The liquid refills used in electronic cigarettes contain highly concentrated and unregulated levels of nicotine. If accidentally ingested or absorbed through a child's skin, even one teaspoon could be lethal. 

Five other states have enacted similar legislation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed regulations to subject liquid nicotine to tobacco regulatory authority, but it has not addressed the issue of selling liquid nicotine in child-resistant containers.

Senate Bill 54 passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote and now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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