Thursday, February 12 — The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) today announced its endorsement of and commitment to the passage of legislation requiring child-proofing packing on liquid nicotine containers that will be introduced by State Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro).
The Ohio AAP worked closely with Sen. Jones to craft the legislation, which would fine violators up to $1,000 per offense.
“This is yet another demonstration of the tenacious leadership and commitment to the health and safety of Ohio children, which Senator Jones has continually demonstrated during her tenure at the Statehouse,” said Dr. Sarah Denny, pediatrician in the Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Co-chair of the Ohio AAP Injury Prevention Committee.
Nearly 4,000 calls were made to poison control centers around the country in 2014 reporting a child exposed to liquid nicotine. That’s more than twice the reported calls in 2013. In December 2014, a toddler in New York died as a result of ingesting liquid nicotine. The Ohio AAP expects these numbers will continue to rise without interventions by lawmakers.”
Contents of liquid nicotine are currently unregulated and contain high amounts of nicotine in very small volumes. Concentrations range from 6mg/mL-36mg/ml in stores, and even higher concentrations online. Even a very small volume consumed could be fatal at these concentrations. Additionally, we are seeing flavors like bubble gum, gummy bears and berry that are attractive to curious children,” said Denny.
Child-resistant packaging has proven effective in reducing child fatalities associated with ingestion of medications such as Tylenol, Iron-containing medications, aspirin and Benadryl.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Senator Jones and the Ohio General Assembly to continue to fulfill our mission of promoting the health, safety and well-being of children and adolescents so they may reach their full potential,” said Denny.