Monday September 30, 2019
Cantwell Inquires About CPSC Liquid Nicotine Activity
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) September 26 sought information in six areas from CPSC related to the Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act. She wrote (bit.ly/2nMGAnM) that her reason was that "in the wake of a national health crisis involving vaping-related illnesses and deaths, the Commission's failure to enforce a law to keep these substances from poisoning small children is deeply troubling."
She gave an October 15 deadline for CPSC to provide documents related to:
The letter is directed to Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle, but Commissioner Robert Adler takes over that job October 1 (PSL, 9/23/19) because Buerkle leaves later in the month.
In August (PSL, 8/26/19), eleven consumer advocacy and medical organizations jointly called on CPSC to step up enforcement against containers that lack flow restrictors. Earlier in the year (PSL, 2/25/19), the agency wrote makers and sellers of liquid nicotine containers about their child-resistant closure and certification duties related to the law.
Cantwell is ranking member of the Senate Commerce committee. In the spring (PSL, 4/15/19), she wrote CPSC asking for documents on a range of issues, mostly related to Britax strollers but more generally with compliance and investigation activities. In the summer (PSL, 7/29/19), she sought an investigation into incidents involving residential elevators and described in a Washington Post story.