By – Deb Iten
Bills across the country are being introduced at an alarming rate mandating child-resistant packaging, which would have a significantly negative effect on vendors if passed. This could be even more problematic if, according to AVA (American Vaping Association) president Gregory Conley, “vendors introduce their own legislation which could potentially create more problems than they solve”. It’s only natural that vendors want to protect their interests. It is how they protect their interests that will affect them in the long run. Another problem is the governments’ stance on how e-liquid is packaged. They want to strengthen the language with regards to what “child-resistant packaging” would comprise of. The more states that pass child-resistant packaging laws, the harder and more expensive it will become to get the proper caps. And finally, we need more vape shops to put forth money for lobbying efforts, or there will be a domino effect of shops going out of business that we will not be able to be stop.
Vendors don’t seem to be aware that, by promoting their own legislation they are only drawing unneeded negative attention back on themselves. Vendors also need to know that there is a huge difference between child-proof and child-resistant caps. Child-proof caps are almost completely impossible to find, if they even exist for what e-liquid manufacturers need, and every vaper needs to rid their vocabulary of the word “proof” immediately! Gregory Conley said that, “Minnesota is now seeing cities and counties introducing ordinances that will require shops to show evidence that their bottles adhere to the federal standard for child resistance caps. In my opinion, there are no e-liquid companies in the United States that are using bottles that adhere to the federal standard of child resistant caps.” Here is the Electronic Code Of Federal Regulations current as of March 12, 2015: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=b8acab110aa9e544c64440e05316a65e&node=se16.2.1700_11&rgn=div8
There are many bills on the dockets from local to the federal government right now. Several have already passed. In North Carolina according to The Winston-Salem Journal, “The law would ban in North Carolina the sale of any e-liquid product without the packaging and warning labels. If passed, it would take effect Dec. 1. Violators would face a Class A1 misdemeanor charge.” http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/e-cig-packaging-warning-label-bill-introduced/article_9723c23a-c911-11e4-b445-1b2ec8066c33.html. The list goes on and on and on. There is no end to the cities/counties and states that are passing one bill after another.
What Minnesota needs most is for more vape shops to join the IVRM. The IVRM (Independent Vapor Retailers of Minnesota) is fighting for all vape shops. In the March 6, 2015 issue of Independent Vapor Retailers of Minnesota shop owners were warned that, “the issue of child proof packaging is not going away; as of January 1, 2015, it is the law! Please be proactive about it. So far I know of two cities that will be requiring proof from businesses that they meet state requirements of child resistant packaging, and yet another city is clarifying their rules regarding this topic. The City of Eagan is joining Blaine and Minneapolis in establishing “CRP PROOF” guidelines for vaping businesses. Minneapolis regulatory officials have offered to share any proposal with IVRM before publication. Make sure you have proper documentation of child resistant packaging for the liquid containers you carry!”
With so many bills regarding child-resistant packaging up for vote or already passed across the country, vendors need to make sure they are taking care of business and not rocking the boat by bringing up their own legislation. If any shop were to not follow the law and they had bottles that were not child-resistant, as stated by Minnesota law and a child under five opened one at home and died from nicotine poisoning there would be no second chances. It would be, game over!
Deb Iten is a dog tag wearing member of the Vaping Militia. The views expressed in this article are of the author. If you are a dog tag wearing member of the Vaping Militia, and wish to write an article for www.vapingmilitia.org please contact Alex Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org