Public Health

An Act requiring child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid containers (HD1640)

This legislation would codify regulations that require that e-cigarette nicotine liquids sold in Massachusetts be contained in child-resistant packaging. A recent CDC study found a dramatic increase in the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette nicotine liquids, rising from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. More than half of the calls involved children under the age of five.

An Act relative to improving asthma in schools (HD2214), filed with Representative Dave Rogers 

Nationwide, asthma accounts for the loss of 10 million school days each year. This legislation would require schools with high rates of asthma among schoolchildren to create an indoor air quality plan and recommends that such schools form environmental health committees, while also requiring public schools to use cleaning products that meet certain environmental standards.

An Act relative to the public health benefits of expanding access to drinking water in public places (HD2667)

Research has shown the critical links between adequate hydration and a host of health benefits, including cognitive function in children.  The same research, however, shows that many people do not drink enough water, in part because of lack of access to water in parks, playgrounds, schools, and other public places. To begin to tackle to this problem, this bill would institute a commission to examine the availability of water in public places in the Commonwealth and make recommendations to expand access.