Senate passes measure to regulate e-liquids

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The Indiana Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that regulates liquids used in vapor pens, an area that is currently unregulated under current law.

The liquids, often referred to as “e-liquids,” are used in vapor pens and are similar to products such as e-cigarettes and hookah pens.

Senate Bill 539, authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, requires the manufacturers of the liquids to obtain a permit from the alcohol and tobacco commission before bottling or selling the product. The permit would be $1,000 with a five-year life before a $500 renewal fee would be required.

The bill also requires manufacturers to place all ingredients in the product on the label, use a child-proof cap, and restricts the sale of the liquid to minors. SB 539 states that the creation of the liquid be done in a clean environment and limits the ingredients that can be used in it.

Yoder said the bill was constructed with safety in mind and with the consultation of owners of vapor pen and liquid shops.

The bill passed 43-6 and moves to the House for consideration.

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