AUSTIN - Senator Garcia (SD-6) has filed legislation aimed at protecting children from hazardous exposure to liquids that may contain nicotine. Liquid nicotine, which is often inhaled through the use of electronic cigarettes, is highly toxic when ingested or absorbed into the skin. As little as one teaspoon of the liquid can be fatal for young children. The country suffered its first child death from liquid nicotine in December of last year when a 1-year-old in New York swallowed liquid nicotine that was stored in a bottle which did not have child-resistant packaging. In response, SB 706 would require child-resistant packaging of these liquids and labelling which identifies the liquids as hazardous.
"The safety of our children is our utmost priority. These liquids are often brightly colored and advertised as having sweet flavors such as cotton candy; traits small children find appealing. Thankfully, Texas has not experienced any liquid nicotine-related deaths yet, but Poison Control Centers have seen over a 200% increase in liquid nicotine exposure calls for children and teens just within the last year. I have filed this bill in the hopes that we can greatly reduce the number of children harmed by liquid nicotine and avoid a tragic accident from claiming the life of a young Texan."
"In keeping with my concern for our children's well-being, I am also a co-author of SB 96 and SB 97 filed by Senator Hinojosa. These bills would prohibit the sale of vapor products to minors and the use of the products on school property. In conjunction with SB 706, Senator Hinojosa's legislation would help protect our innocent children from any harms these products may cause."