FDA is Considering New Regulations on E-Cigarettes to Protect Children

iStock_000042497036_SmallThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering new regulations on e-cigarettes and is asking for public input on nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine products. The FDA said that the increase in calls and visits to poison centers and emergency departments involving nicotine poisonings is prompting the agency to consider whether it should warn the public about the dangers of nicotine exposure or require that some products be sold in child-resistant packaging.

“Because liquid nicotine comes in a variety of bright colors and in flavors like cotton candy and gummy bear, it is no surprise that it has found its way into the hands of children, with tragic results,” said Sandra Hassink, American Academy of Pediatrics president.

According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 24 percent of Kentucky adults and 41 percent of residents aged 18 to 29 reported using e-cigarettes.

To read more about the CDC campaign focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, click here.