ALBANY, N.Y. - Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the FDA to require child safety caps on vials of liquid nicotine, which are used to refill e-cigarettes.
The liquid can be lethal to children if ingested and the senator is hoping to stop a problem before it become an epidemic.
“The liquid put into the cigarette can be lethal for children,” said Schumer.
Schumer is worried that parents who smoke may not be aware of how toxic liquid nicotine can be.
“A two-percent nicotine solution can be fatal for someone who weighs 200 pounds, imagine what it would do to a child,” explained Schumer.
Now the Senator is urging the FDA to take action by putting warning labels on the vials that the liquids are sold in and requiring child safety caps on them.
“This has received very little attention with respect to the potential human health risk, especially to children,” said Schumer.
The CDC is even warning that national e-cigarette poison control calls have sky rocketed from one per month in 2010 to 200 per month in 2014. In New York alone, there have been 70 calls because of liquid nicotine reported to poison control centers in the month of June.