December 12, 2019

Nicotine water ban

AUGUSTA – The Maine House and Senate gave their final approval Wednesday to a bill to outlaw the sale of nicotine-laced water and sent the measure to Gov. John Baldacci.

Supporters of the bill said nicotine should not be put in a product available to children and other unsuspecting consumers.

The bill surfaced in the Legislature after a major drug store chain pulled bottles of nicotine water from the shelves of its stores in Maine.

Also en route to the Senate after winning final House approval Wednesday is a bill to clamp down on the sale of products containing toxic flame retardants.

The bill seeks to ban two of the most dangerous kinds of brominated flame retardants, known as Pents and Octa, by Jan. 1, 2006, and phase out the use of a third material, Deca, by 2008, if safer alternatives can be found.

European nations have banned all three chemicals, and the manufacturer of Penta and Octa plans to halt production by January 2005, according to supporters of the bill.

Bromides are a suspected cause of learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

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