Push to protect children from liquid nicotine that comes in candy flavors

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CLEVELAND – It comes in flavors like Cotton Candy, Fruity Loops, and even Gummi Bear.

And it can be purchased just about anywhere, but it’s not candy.

Concentrated liquid nicotine, used mainly for e-cigarettes, is something that concerns U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and he wants to change the way it’s packaged.

Brown is co-sponsor of the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, which would require child-proof packaging on liquid nicotine.

Brown said increases in accidental poisonings due to liquid nicotine is skyrocketing.

He said the product is being marketed in appealing flavors.

“Taste of Vanilla Shake, this is blueberry flavor, and this is cherry flavor,” Brown said, during a Monday morning press conference at University Hospitals.

“If we child-proof bleach, toothpaste and Aspirin, we should child-proof toxic liquid nicotine."

And those in the health care profession agree.

“A standard size eye dropper of the liquid nicotine of this strength would be enough to kill four toddlers, one eye dropper,” said Dr. Lolita McDavid, of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

And Henry Spiller, Director of Central Ohio Poison Center for Nationwide Children’s Hospital agrees.

“I don’t think parents realize how dangerous this is,” Spiller said. “I don’t think they realize that they are putting out what was known as a pesticide on the counter and it smells like blueberry to their child.”