February 24th, 2015
Ecigarette and eliquid companies need to put proper eliquid labeling on their products so they can help their vaping customers in avoiding mishaps from inappropriate handling. There are still no rules or laws that require them to do so, but if they all wish to contribute in creating a good image for the industry, this is a decision they will make without hesitation.
In fact, ecig industry organizations in various regions and countries are actually requiring their members to follow the standards they have set on vapor products quality such as proper eliquid labeling.
Proper ecig and ejuice labeling is one of the very crucial steps that companies need to consider adding to their products. Lately, there have been a lot of news articles featuring increasing number of calls that certain agencies receive involving nicotine poisoning from accidental exposure to eliquids.
While it would be insightful to argue that there are far more other poisonous and toxic stuff at home that children and pets could be exposed to like toothpastes and cosmetics, putting proper labels on ejuice bottles and ecigarette packages could further help remind forgetful adult vapers on how they must handle their vapor supplies to avoid accidents.
ECITA in UK
ECITA or Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association is an ecig trade body based in the UK that has done an interesting work on eliquid toxicity, especially on how ejuice bottles must be labeled.
According to ECITA, eliquid is basically in the same labeling category as dishwashing liquid. ECITA sent some eliquids to analysts to be tested for toxicity. The lab ten calculated the correct CLP labeling on eliquids that is scientifically based. The trade body did not just send the eliquids to one laboratory. The lab’s findings were also passed for peer review Professor Riccardo Polosa verified the results along with Bernd Mayer and Dr Jacques Le Houezec.
Based on the results and the experts’ analysis, the acute dermal and oral toxic hazards of the strongest consumer eliquids only deserve to be under category 4 along with washing up liquid. Majority of eliquids with nicotine concentrations of 2.5% or 25 mg/ml and they do not require any formal hazard warning. Regardless, ECITA still mandatesxits members to provide clear labelin of ejuices in childproof containers.
It requires members to use child-resistant closures on all ejuice bottles. The eliquid label should contain ‘CAUTION’ heading; the texts ‘ Keep out of the reach of children and pets’, ‘ Only for use in electronic cigarettes’, ‘Seek medical advice if you feel unwell’ and ‘ Refer to device manufacturer for refilling instructions'; the nicotine concentration in weight per volume percentage and/or mg/ml; batch number; best before end date; nominal quantity; and contact details. All of these label elements have to be indelible, legible and clear. These required elements are in addition to age restrictions, allergy warnings and others that the former CLP labeling required.
AEMSA IN USA
AEMSA or American Eliquid Manufacturing Standards Association is a trade body in the US that has also set standards on eliquid manufacturing and selling that it required members to follow.
Among these standards are on Safe Packaging and Delivery of Products. It requires members to use child proof caps on its eliquid bottles. Nicotine products containing no nicotine are not required to have such features.
Tamper evident packaging is also another requirement of AEMSA. All products are required to have tamper-evident packaging once it has left the custody of the vendor or store.
In terms of labeling, all eliquid products are required by AEMSA to have smear-resistant labeling. It has to pass the 30-secind submerged test for all the elements required to be found on the label.
The label should clearly display the nicotine content of ejuice. Health and safety warning also need to be clearly displayed such as the product contains nicotine and that it must be kept away from reach of pets and children. Batch ID, production date and other nicotine traceability elements should also be on the label.