New e-cigarette regulations could save lives

Tampa, Florida — It's a liquid that can be downright deadly in the wrong hands, liquid nicotine, the kind used to smoke E-cigarettes.

It's especially dangerous in the hands of kids and Senator Bill Nelson calls it a disturbing trend.

"If a child were to ingest that, the child is likely gonna die," he said. "Any of these other more diluted, the child is gonna get really sick."

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers there have been more than 1,500 calls about liquid nicotine exposure so far this year. Nelson says that's on pace to double those from last year.

Doctor Maximo Luque, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Care Center in St. Joseph Hospital says local kids are being brought in after making contact with these vials.

"We're starting to see exposures that are not bad, but enough that action is needed," Luque said.

On Thursday, Nelson introduced a plan in Congress that could help save children's lives.

Senator Nelson is proposing bottles of concentrated nicotine that may be appealing to young children, with names like "Cotton Candy," have a child safety mechanism on it like you'd see on a bottle of ibuprofen. Aome Tampa shops already have this safety precaution in place.

VIDEO: Full interview with Sen. Bill Nelson on e-cigarettes regulations

"We're not here for the purpose of hurting people," said Tampa Vapor co-owner, Mike Synychak.

They say they've had child resistant nicotine vials in place since they opened in 2012.

"It just makes sense to try and keep kids out of those bottles. Just because it is something that can harm them," Synychak said.

That's where Nelson and the local e-cig industry agree.

"Of course, it's common sense," Nelson said.

"Common sense... I would prefer to see everybody take those steps to make sure kids aren't getting poisoned," Synychak agreed.

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