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.
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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Long Island Senator Kemp Hannon has taken it upon himself to make an all-out attack on electronic cigarettes. Not only has he partnered with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal in banning the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, he has now made it a point to ban liquid nicotine as well. His new bill, S6939, seeks to prohibit the sale or provision of any quantity of electronic liquid. The ambiguous language of his newly introduced bill will have a detrimental effect on both the industry and the consumer. It is an unduly restrictive regulation that is based on unreliable statistics and a lack of adequate knowledge and understanding. This bill must be stopped immediately.
We encourage you to contact your local Senator and Assembly Member to express your outrage with this bill.
Tell New York Senator Kemp Hannon, we don’t need to pass this bill