- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio House panel has approved a requirement that liquids used in electronic cigarettes be sold in child-resistant packaging.

The vote came Wednesday, a day after similar legislation cleared the Ohio Senate. One measure must clear both chambers before the restrictions can become law.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine and sometimes flavorings like fruit or chocolate.

Proponents of the childproofing measures say liquid nicotine refills can harm children if ingested or absorbed through the skin. The proposals also apply to non-nicotine liquids.

The state’s health department would develop the standards for packaging resistant to children 5 and under. Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

Neither bill affects pre-filled cartridges of liquids, only those liquids that can be added to e-cigarettes.

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