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FDA takes aim at kid health hazard in e-cig 'juice'

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BATON ROUGE - The Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at adding some safety measures to the liquid nicotine containers used by e-cigarettes.

According to the FDA's website hospitals have seen an increase in emergency room cases related to liquid nicotine poisoning. As a result, the agency is considering requiring vapor shop owners to have a child safety cap on liquid nicotine bottles.

Vapor user Nick Plumer told News 2 he has kids, and he's glad the FDA is taking initiative in making sure children are safe.

"I just want to make sure that if my kids do get into it, for some unknown reason, or if there were a spill or anything, I don't have to worry about them," said Plumer.

Vapor shop owner David Sommers said he's ahead of the game because he already has the safety measures in place.

"The industry's already conformed to have child safety caps," he said.

Sommers has owned his shop for two years and said for as long as he's been doing his job, he's had the extra safety measure for the bottles.

"We want to prevent this from getting in the hands of children first, but if it does, you have a child safety cap," Sommers said.

The FDA is taking public comments on its website before any regulation is made.

 

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