- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio senators have passed a bill to require liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes to be sold in child-resistant packaging.

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

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Shannon Jones, says the liquid nicotine refills can be harmful to children if ingested or absorbed through the skin.

Jones says her bill doesn’t address pre-filled cartridges of liquids, but those liquids that can be added to e-cigarettes.

Under the proposal, the state’s health department would develop the packaging standards. Containers must be significantly difficult for a child under age 5 to open. Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

Senators voted 32-1 on the bill Tuesday.

A similar measure is pending in the House.

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