VTA’s Guidelines on Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act
President Obama has signed the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015, and the Vapor Technology Association (VTA), which was just recently launched, has already released its guidelines. In its easy-to-understand description, the VTA explains who and what is covered by the act, the types of standards and testing that will be used and how it will pre-empt certain state’s laws. It also gives us the date at which the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act goes into effect: July 25th, 2016. That gives manufacturers just six months to meet the requirements set forth.
The bill requires any nicotine that is offered for sale in liquid nicotine containers to be packaged in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards and to pass testing in accordance with its methods. We briefly read through how the test is to be proctored and wanted to share some of the procedures it uses to determine if a container is child-safe:
- It gathers 50 children who are from 3 1/2 to a little over 4 years in age.
- The children are evenly split (allowable allowance of plus–minus 10 percent) between boys and girls.
- The testing takes place in a well-lit room with which they are familiar. Think of a room in their child-care facility.
- The tester will hand packages to two children at a time and say, “Please try to open this for me.”
- Each child is given up to five minutes to open the package.
- The tester will reassure the children to keep trying if they get bored or give up.
- At the end of the five minutes, the tester will have them put the bottles down and quietly demonstrate to them how it is opened.
- The tester will implore them to try again by saying, “Now you try to open your package.” This will start the second and final five-minute test.
- During the second test, if no children have yet to try their teeth to open the bottle, the tester will say, “You can use your teeth if you want to.” (At the end, the tester will explain why it is actually bad to put things in their mouths.)
- To pass the test, no more than three children should be able to open the package in the first five minutes and no more than five children within the whole ten minutes.
- The child test may be succeeded by a senior panel of 100 persons aged 50–70 or a young adult panel of persons aged 18–45 who must demonstrate that they can open and reseal the bottle.
As we previously told you, Nicopure Labs, the manufacturer behind Halo and eVo E-liquids, has teamed up with other innovators within the industry to found the VTA, which will serve as an advocacy group for the development of technology, policies and regulations that pertain to safety in the industry.
You can also find the two statues that bill will fall under here:
The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs LLC, owner of the Halo and HaloCigs marks.
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