COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A legislative panel in Ohio has approved 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 passed the measure Wednesday after amending the bill to give more time to retailers.
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.