Electronic Cigarettes considered illegal in Mexico - Two shops closed in the capital
Mexico's health authorities have closed two e-cigarette stores in Mexico City, seizing nearly 9,500 devices and citing the technical illegality of e-cigarettes in the country. The action has been taken under the General Tobacco Control Act, which - despite not having originally electronic cigarettes in mind - has been considered to apply to e-cigarettes. Prior to this attack, only about 2,200 devices had been seized, and this may be an indication that authorities are planning on intensifying activity against vaping.
The closure of the stores was carried out by the Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), which seized its largest shipment - 9,455 devices and accessories - under existing laws. In the last two years, only about 11,700 e-cigs and accessories have been seized, so this month's event is the first very substantial effort against electronic cigarettes happened to date, as more and more m The people in Mexico begin to falter. According to the authorities, these electronic cigarettes are entering "smuggling" from China.
The measure is permitted under Article 16 of the General Tobacco Control Act, which provides that it is illegal to sell, trade, distribute, produce, promote or display any non-tobacco product that resembles a tobacco product in tea Design terms, branding elements or even sound. This was originally meant to stop selling things like candy cigarettes but it is easy to see how it could be argued that electronic cigarettes are included in this description.
Why are they being so hard with e-cigarettes? Same old nonsense ..
Apparently, the attempt to explain why these stores are being closed is accompanied by a lot of electronic cigarette reviews. Ãƒ lvaro PÃƒ © rez Vega of COFEPRIS said: "These are products that have not been confirmed anywhere in the world to have the necessary safety, quality and efficiency to replace tobacco use, but unfortunately people believe that Are a viable way to quit when there is no evidence of it. "
Of course there is evidence, but that does not matter. Around the world - at least when it comes to electronic cigars - political rhetoric stifles science. People just say what they want to say. Some additional comments were made to the media by an addiction specialist, who commented (even more stupidly) that those responsible "never say how much" nicotine is present in e-liquids They make, each e-liquid bottle says its nicotine concentration), and that "[the]" smoke "really is not water vapor. Manufacturers include propylene glycol and diethylene glycol, which are highly irritating types of alcohol."
The FDA's analysis - the only type of analysis to find diethyleneglycol in an e-liquid - was conducted in 2009, and is still being brought out when people need to make e-cigarettes look bad . Why? Because there is no other reasonable reason at all to be against vaping.
And this is especially true if you are in a country like Mexico, where the smoking rate is around 37% for men (although much lower for women, at 12.4%). Electronic cigarettes have more potential to reduce this percentage (in almost all counties) than any recent technology or approach, or even potentially throughout the history of tobacco use. The reason for this is that they are fun! You get your nicotine, you can still enjoy something very similar to smoking, but do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks. However, the fact that e-cigs can actually be enjoyed is undoubtedly the reason for the reaction: how dare we try to consume nicotine in a recreational and safe way!
Conclusion - A sad reality for Mexican Vapers
So the future of vaping in Mexico looks sadly uncertain, and if more e-cigs shops are being closed down and there are fewer devices available, smokers in the country will be stuck with ineffective (and unpleasant) ) Pharmaceutical options for smoking cessation. If the law enforcement could be challenged is another matter, but if things go that way, the vapers in Mexico will find it more difficult to stock up on the essentials like e-liquid, and maybe many No longer have any viable option, but to re-smoke.