Senate Dems criticize liquid-nicotine packaging

Senate Democrats are pressuring the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate more than a hundred liquid-nicotine companies for deceptive practices.

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These companies are targeting children by advertising popular candy, breakfast cereal and other food and drink brands on liquid-nicotine packages, the lawmakers warn.

“Use of these trademarked images in this manner appears intended to make the liquid-nicotine products attractive to younger smokers and perhaps even to children,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez.

Liquid nicotine is used inside electronic cigarettes. It “poses an especially serious threat to children,” the lawmakers say. "Ingesting as little as one-half teaspoon of liquid nicotine can cause severe stomach aches, vomiting, seizures, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, and even death.”

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