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New Mulroe law increases safety measures on e-cigarettes

mulroe-ecigA new public safety measure was signed into law yesterday that seeks to further protect children from the harmful effects of nicotine.  

The law, sponsored in the Senate by John G. Mulroe (D-10), requires that electronic cigarettes must be sold behind the counter of convenience stores or in sealed display cases to keep them out of the curious hands of underage children.

“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, just like regular cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco,” said Mulroe. “These other products must be contained behind a counter or in a sealed case, so it stands to reason that electronic cigarettes should be contained in the same fashion.”

As Chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee, Senator Mulroe has been keeping a close eye on the electronic cigarette trend. In 2013, he sponsored and passed a law that prohibited the sale of these alternative nicotine products to those under the age of 18. The law signed yesterday requires electronic cigarettes to be displayed securely and in the same manner as cigarettes and other nicotine products.

“Nicotine has been proven to be a harmful and addictive substance,” Sen. Mulroe said. “We have banned children from purchasing it in all of its forms. This law just helps restrict their access to it.”

The new law will go into effect January 1, 2015.

Mulroe measure strengthens lead poisoning prevention

mulroe-041014 js 1220CHICAGO — A measure sponsored by Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago) clarifying and tightening Illinois’ Lead Poisoning Prevention Act was signed into law yesterday by the governor.

The Illinois Department of Public Health requested technical changes better defining locations considered as “regulated facilities” where lead exposure is suspected. The changes also refined the age range of children to whom sections of the act apply and address violations and enforcement of the act.

Sen. Mulroe, chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee, co-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston). Mulroe said the new provisions reflect current federal and industry standards necessary for Illinois to be eligible for federal lead abatement funding.

“Even though lead poisoning has declined, children in metropolitan areas and in public or private housing built before 1978 are still at risk for lead poisoning,” Sen. Mulroe said. “Continuing to improve prevention efforts and tracking blood lead levels can help us keep reducing and potentially eliminate exposure.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, dust and soil contaminated with lead from old paint, leaded gasoline emissions, lead pipes, paint and dust from old toys, furniture, hobby materials and children’s metal jewelry are the most common causes of lead poisoning in children.

Senator Mulroe increases safety measures on e-cigarettes

ecig-refillsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-10th) passed two proposals out of the Senate this week that seek to further protect children against the harmful effects of nicotine. 

The first proposal, House Bill 5868, requires that electronic cigarettes must be sold behind the counter of convenience stores or in sealed display cases to keep them out of the curious hands of underage children.

“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, just like regular cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco,” said Mulroe, who is chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee. “These other products must be contained behind a counter or in a sealed case, so it stands to reason that electronic cigarettes should be contained in the same fashion.”

The second measure, House Bill 5689, would require the nicotine liquid marketed for refillable electronic cigarettes to be sold in child-proof containers.

“The number of calls to poison control centers across the nation has increased exponentially in the last few years due to accidental child consumption of e-cigarette’s nicotine liquid,” Mulroe said. “These liquids are often flavored and have an appetizing aroma, but consumption of an entire vile can be extremely dangerous and can cause nicotine poisoning.”

House Bill 5689 passed the Senate on Thursday and now returns to the House of Representatives for their concurrence. House Bill 5868 passed the Senate today and now moves to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

Senator Mulroe’s CPR, AED training measure passes General Assembly

LaurensLaw2SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-10) passed a proposal out of the Senate yesterday that requires Illinois high schools to train students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators prior to graduation.                    

Currently, CPR and AED training is not required as a part of health education. Mulroe’s proposal requires high schools to include training to administer CPR and how to use an AED in their health education curricula. Twelve states already have similar requirements for students.

“Fifty percent of schools in Illinois already do this without it being required because they understand the need and that the training can help save lives,” said Mulroe, Chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee. “We already require schools to have AED machines. Why wouldn’t we teach students how to use them?”

In 2008, the Laman family of suburban St. Charles received the most devastating news a family can get. Lauren Laman, an 18-year-old high school senior, had gone into sudden cardiac arrest at dance practice after school.  While the AED machine was only 40 feet from where Lauren collapsed, no students or teachers used the machine to try to revive her. Tragically, Lauren died before the paramedics could arrive on the scene.

Since that time, Lauren’s parents, George and Mary, have become advocates for CPR and AED training in schools. When Senator Mulroe met with the Lamans, he immediately knew he had to help them.

“The passage of this legislation will not bring Lauren back, but every life saved moving forward will be because of Lauren and her family,” Mulroe said. “She will not be forgotten.”

The legislation, House Bill 3724, passed the Senate yesterday and will now move to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

More information and video interviews available at: http://www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com/index.php/caucus-news/feature-story-archive/4178-saving-young-lives-senate-approves-laurens-law-video

 

Photo: George and Mary Laman and Sen. Mulroe

Sen. John G. Mulroe

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10th District

Years served: 2010 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe