Lawmaker seeks ban on e-cigarette liquids

A state senator is calling for a ban on so-called e-liquids, the potent and often flavored liquids that are sold as refills for e-cigarettes. (4/6/14)

WOODBURY - A state senator is calling for a ban on so-called e-liquids, the potent and often flavored liquids that are sold as refills for e-cigarettes.

State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-6th District) is calling for the ban days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report showing that calls to poison control centers for incidents involving the substances have spiked.

The CDC says poison center calls rose 300 percent between 2010 and 2013, and many of the reported incidents involved children.

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Sen. Hannon has introduced a bill banning the e-liquids because he feels that they need to be reviewed and scrutinized, more so than other tobacco or nicotine products.

Health officials say that while conventional cigarettes typically have a milligram of nicotine, an e-cigarette can have much more.

E-cigarette products are currently not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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