North Carolina House Unanimously Backs New Eliquid Laws
North Carolina lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would require all eliquids to be sold in child resistant packages with clear warning labels. The House Health committee unanimously recommended the new Senate Bill 286 in the first step of the legislative process. The sponsors of the bill said this will be the next logical step in creating safe vaping rules for the state’s ecig users.
If the bill is fully approved, it will essentially ban NC retailers from selling any eliquids that do not have child resistant packaging and warning labels. Violators would be charged with a Class A1 misdemeanor.
North Carolina is no stranger to new legislation for tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The state has already voted to tax ecigarettes and vaping is banned in many places where smoking isn’t allowed. Tobacco companies like Reynolds American and Lorillard have publicly endorsed the new bill.
When the bill was presented to the House Health committee, there was very little discussion. Everyone agreed that eliquids need to be offered only in packaging that would make it “significantly difficult” for small children to open them. New safety warning labels would be consistent with the rules that have already been adopted by the North Carolina Public Health Commission.
The primary sponsors of the bill are Senators Stan Bingham and Don Davis. Bingham has been very vocal in his support of warning labels, saying this is “an educational tool, as much as a warning, for all ages of the potential harm.” He worries that many North Carolinians are uneducated about the dangers of nicotine exposure in unhealthy dosages or potentially harmful exposure to skin and eyes.
“We’re concerned about the bootleggers of these liquids who are selling products without warning labels, either from recipes they make themselves or they get from suppliers,” Bingham said.
North Carolina passed a law that bans ecig sales to individuals under age 18 in 2013. They also require age verification for tobacco and ecig sales online. Do you think the state is taking a reasonable approach to ecig regulation?