Liquid nicotine, used in electronic cigarettes or "vaping,” can be deadly to children. In 2014, the poison help line received more than 2300 calls about contact with liquid nicotine for children younger than 6 years – that’s an average of 7 calls a day.
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Toolkit reviewed: 2014
Suggested hashtag: #liquidnicotine
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Project Materials (Updated May 2016)
These materials were created by Prevent Child Injury to help spread the key messages on liquid nicotine safety. They were updated in May 2016 to reflect current data. Please use these materials as needed. Most of them can be co-branded with your organization’s logo.
2015 Project Materials
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In The NewS
Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes Can be Poisonous, But Isn’t Regulated – Partnership for Drug-free Kids
Tobacco-Free Kids Welcomes Congressional Approval of Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act – Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
News Video Clips
Effective in July, 2016, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 mandates child resistant packaging for liquid nicotine. Remember: child resistant does not mean child proof. Effective August 8, 2016, the FDA began regulating electronic nicotine delivery systems (such as e-cigarettes and vape pens) similarly to how the FDA regulates cigarettes. This includes restricting sales to people age 18 years and older, accurately reporting all ingredients, and placing health warnings on product packages and ads. These links provide information about this emerging issue but do not imply endorsement by Prevent Child Injury or its members for any specific policy or legislation.
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*List of Abbreviations
AAP: American Academy of Pediatrics
AAPCC: American Association of Poison Control Centers
APHA: American Public Health Association
CDC: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CGCH: Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
CSN: Children's Safety Network
FDA: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
NCSL: National Conference of State Legislatures
NCH: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
OCAAP: Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
PHLC: Public Health Law Center
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