WASHINGTON, D.C., January 12, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and managing the interests of the vapor industry, supports House passage of the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015, which was first introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) as S.142 on January 8, 2015. The act creates a standard for child-resistant caps for liquids that contain nicotine, including the e-liquid used in e-cigs and vapor products.
“Vapor products are for adults only and should be kept out of the hands of minors. This is common sense and an area we all agree, especially since many e-liquid manufacturers already were using child-resistant packaging well before Senator Nelson’s bill was first introduced,” said Cynthia Cabrera, president of SFATA. “This legislation shows there is common ground to be reached as we all work toward making smoking obsolete.”
Exposures to nicotine exposures are declining. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), incidents of nicotine exposures, defined as someone having contact with the substance in some way and not necessarily poisonings, actually decreased over the past year by 716, with new cases almost flat. The AAPCC also reports that cosmetics/personal care (150,530 exposures) products is the number one category of exposures to children under the age of five, followed by household cleaning substances (118,207) and analgesics (100,399).
“The fact is nicotine exposures are actually declining as cosmetics, household cleaning products and painkillers are top concerns when it comes to exposures. Nevertheless, we urge parents to properly store all adult products,” added Cabrera. “We also continue to urge advocacy groups here in the U.S. to embrace forward-thinking health organizations, such as those in Europe, who are endorsing the potential of vapor products as significant alternatives to smoking.”
Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 800 members and 19 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.