Ohio panel hears bill to make e-cigarette liquid childproof

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative panel in Ohio plans to review a bill that would require liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes to be sold in child-resistant packaging.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate.

The bill’s supporters say the liquid nicotine refills can be harmful to children if ingested or absorbed through the skin.

The Senate’s Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee is slated to consider possible amendments and vote on the measure Wednesday.

Under the bill, the state’s health department would develop packaging standards. Containers must be significantly difficult for a child under age 5 to open. Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

State law already prohibits minors from obtaining, possessing and using the e-cigarettes.

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