People who like nicotine but don't want to smoke are turning to electronic cigarettes. But how safe they really are is still unknown. A couple of bills which aim to keep them away from kids has passed the committee stage in the Illinois House. One would require retailers to put the e-cigarettes and other forms of nicotine behind the counter, as tobacco products are now.
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The other would require child-proof packaging for refills of liquid nicotine. “They're becoming more appealing (to children) because of flavors like chocolate and bubble gum,” said Dr. Barbara Takahashi, who testified to a committee while holding a colorful “fruit smoothie” refill. The liquid nicotine is dangerous when swallowed.
HB 5689 (refills) has passed the House Human Services Committee.
HB 5868 (behind the counter) has passed the House Consumer Protection Committee.