33 States Call for Health Warning Labels on Liquid Nicotine Refills from the FDA
Several states are calling for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require health warning labels on nicotine and tobacco products used for electronic cigarettes.
About the Move for Warning Labels
According to Reuters, the main product in question is liquid nicotine, a compressed form of nicotine that is extracted from tobacco and mixed with chemical additives, that is used for the purpose of refilling electronic cigarettes. The e-cigs convert the liquid nicotine into a vapor which is inhaled by the smoker.
33 states have had their Attorneys General support this movement “to protect our youth.” The Attorneys General of New York, Illinois, and Indiana co-sponsored a letter, saying:
“Given the growing popularity of 'tank'-style vaping devices, which require periodic refilling with liquid nicotine, public health threats from nicotine exposure will increase in the absence of appropriate FDA regulation.”
Nicotine Injury Statistics
This claim is certainly not unfounded. In 2014, more than 3,700 cases of exposure to liquid nicotine were reported to poison control centers. Because of the increasing popularity of e-cigs, this is a vast increase from 2013.
This movement also is not unwanted. A recent survey, also cited in the letter, reported that 87% of respondents support FDA requirements for child-resistant packaging for all e-cigs and all liquid nicotine refills.
Just three months ago, New York fined four producers of liquid nicotine because of packaging that was too easy for children to open. The companies were in violation of a 2014 law that came in the wake of the passing of the 18-month-old.