Ohio panel okays bill to make e-cigarette liquid childproof

File- This June 12, 2013, file photo shows a person posing with an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government’s annual drug use survey finds. Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey’s first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young. Nearly 9 percent of 8th graders said they'd used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report being released Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health. (AP Photo / Tim Ireland, PA)
File- This June 12, 2013, file photo shows a person posing with an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government’s annual drug use survey finds. Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey’s first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young. Nearly 9 percent of 8th graders said they'd used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report being released Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health. (AP Photo / Tim Ireland, PA)

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.

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