Schumer Calls for Childproofing of E-Liquids

Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association supports "common-sense" requirement

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Tobacco)

Charles Schumer

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Citing a rising number of calls to poison control centers relating to liquid nicotine, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the federal government to require childproof caps on containers used to refill electronic cigarettes, reported the Associated Press.

Some e-cigarettes are refillable, and the liquid is sold in separate containers. Schumer said he is urging the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to require e-cigarette makers to place child-proof caps and warning labels on the containers.

The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade organization dedicated to the advocacy, education and reputation of the vapor products industry, released a statement that said it welcomes Schumer's call for measures to prevent accidental ingestion of e-liquid used in vapor products.

"SFATA supports mandatory warning labels and childproof packaging on all e-liquid containers, and we applaud Senator Schumer for his continued focus on protecting consumers and children," it said.

"As part of a mandatory warning label on e-liquid containers, SFATA and its member companies believe it is appropriate to display an addictiveness warning, nicotine levels and information that will allow consumers to view an ingredient listing of each product. Additionally, childproof caps and seals should be common-sense requirements for e-liquid containers, and we will continue working to make sure that they become the industry standard. … As with any potentially harmful consumer product, SFATA believes it is important to take every step necessary to protect children and pets from accidental ingestion or exposure to e-liquids, while ensuring continued availability for adult consumers who seek to use the product responsibly."