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NC Senate panels looks to protect kids from e-cigarette liquids

Robert Fassler tries out a new flavor in his electronic cigarette at E-Cigs in Cary, N.C. Fassler had surgery in early January and switched from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes after his doctor's recommended he do so to speed up the healing process.
Robert Fassler tries out a new flavor in his electronic cigarette at E-Cigs in Cary, N.C. Fassler had surgery in early January and switched from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes after his doctor's recommended he do so to speed up the healing process. jhknight@newsobserver.com

An N.C. Senate committee voted Tuesday to require child-proof packaging for e-cigarette liquid refills.

The bill sponsor, Republican Sen. Stan Bingham of Denton, said the liquid – which contains a high concentration of nicotine that e-cigarettes vaporize – can be hazardous.

“This can be absorbed through the skin of children, and there has been an incident of a youth dying due to exposure to this,” Bingham said.

He added that the e-cigarette liquid can be “very attractive” to kids because it comes in flavors like candy and bubble gum.

Bingham’s bill would make it a misdemeanor to see e-cigarette refills in containers that aren’t “designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open.”

The legislation has the backing of two major North Carolina tobacco companies, Lorillard and R.J. Reynolds. It’s scheduled for a vote by the full Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

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