“It’s just for the safety of the children that they don’t drink it just like pills or anything”.
The health regulator is now considering if it should warn the public about the dangers of nicotine exposure and require that some tobacco products be sold in child-resistant packaging.
The agency noted on Tuesday’s announcement that electronic nicotine devices (ENDS) have been gaining popularity, thereby resulting in increased trips to hospital emergency rooms and calls to the poison control for treatment.
More Americans are utilizing e-cigarettes as well as other vaporizing contraptions compared to a 12 months ago, a Reuters/Ipsos survey indicated in June.
However, e-cigarettes are not categorized as tobacco-containing products and are thus exempted from the original law.
In a statement, Susan Liss, executive director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, applauded the FDA’s new move towards regulation of the industry, which it had previously left untouched. Its public warning came at the back of a surge in cases of nicotine poisoning.
And finally, American Vaping Association president, Gregory Conley, notes, “Poorly designed warning labels have the capacity to mislead adult smokers on the relative risks of vaping versus tobacco smoking“. “Any proposed warning must be thoroughly tested to ensure that it only imparts factual information”.
They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user.