I suppose you saw that the U.S. Food And Drug Administration (F.D.A.) recently ordered E-Cigarettes, pipes, cigars and hookah tobacco be banned for anyone under the age of 18 nationwide.
While the liquid used for E-Cigarettes (vapor) can be purchased without nicotine in it, the liquids with nicotine are the now the most frequently used way kids under 18 get the drug—more than tobacco cigarettes.
But I’m not here to pontificate about that F.D.A. mandate; although it is the right thing to do.
However with that ruling, NOW is the time for the F.D.A. to urgently mandate a ban of the sale of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to anyone under 18.
And with that ban, the F.D.A. needs to make those alcohol-based hand sanitizers available only BEHIND the counter.
Some of you may be wondering why this must happen—because most people think hand sanitizer is just lotion for the hands.
Here are some sobering stories.
Just one 2 ounce bottle of alcohol sanitizing gel is the equivalent of six shots of vodka or 140 proof! A one ounce bottle of Vodka is only 70 proof.
And the kids that can purchase alcohol-based hand products KNOW that it is a way to get a buzz—without having to go to a liquor store. There is research showing that alcohol-based sanitizer can be absorbed into the skin, causing issues for unsuspecting children and even adults.
Alcohol poisoning is causing thousands of trips to the ER yearly due to this fairly new problem.
As a result of this disturbing crisis, the Scandinavian country of Sweden has taken alcohol laden gel hand sanitizers off the shelves (over the counter) and secured them behind the counter to at least attempt to take steps toward saving family catastrophes.
The U.S. F.D.A. must act with urgency to ban the sale of those products completely to minors, just like they did with E-Cigarettes, and mandate stores only sell hand sanitizers containing alcohol as their main ingredient behind the counter.
Parents—your kids safety is at stake. We cannot sit back and wait for someone else to make noise.
I will be your leader in this mission; and I will not stop talking about this until the banning of alcohol-based sanitizers for minors is a reality—along with the secondary mission to make those products for purchase only behind the counter.
The other day, my wife and I were inside of a local COSTCO store’s pharmacy department. Lo and behold, the alcohol-based hand sanitizer was already BEHIND the counter. I am not sure yet that this is a chain-wide decision or just a local one. But either way, please look in stores that YOU frequent and see where they place those flammable, potentially toxic products.
If they are NOT behind the counter, make it your mission to ask them to do it voluntarily.
Together, we WILL prevail to make this happen across the country.
There ARE alternatives to those products, including safeHands®, the non-toxic alcohol-free hand sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs. Learn more here. www.safeHands.com
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Together, we will spread the word, not the germs.