WASHINGTON, D.C. — Government is never out front of any public health issue, and true to form, it was way behind on banning flavored vaping juice. Flavored vape juice, which comes in fruit and candy flavors, is not an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Instead, flavored vape juice was produced for the sole and exclusive purpose of getting kids hooked on vaping and thereby making them life-long customers, even if their lives were cut short by ingesting the flavored smoke. USA Today recently reported that liquid vape juice presents another unintended consequence. Small children can get their hands on liquid vape juice and drink it. One vial of juice is extremely toxic and could kill not only one toddler, but as many as four. Despite this inherent danger and the government’s nascent efforts to preventing small children from drinking vape juice, dangerous bottles with no child-resistant caps or lids wound their way into stores nationwide.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in early 2019, warned makers of vaping juice to produce the product with child-resistant caps and with dispensers that restrict how much juice could be poured from the vial at one time. The CPSC chose, for reasons that are not readily ascertainable, to be enforcing a law that the government enacted about four years ago. That law requires vape companies to use child-resistant caps and flow restriction devices. The CPSC is just now getting around to enforcing that law.
USA Today says it investigated whether the CPSC enforcement efforts have taken hold. The report suggests that many companies pay little heed, if any, to the federal laws relating to vaping safety. People can purchase vape juice without restricted flow caps and bottles with no childproofing at all.
The CPSC conducts spot inspections of stores selling liquid vaping products. Most are not in compliance with federal mandates. Despite thumbing their nose at the law, purveyors of vape products that do not comply with the law face few ramifications and thereby rendering the law toothless.
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