The federal government reported on Wednesday the presidential decree ban on the importation of e-cigarettes.
«The e-cigarette trade has been prohibited in Mexico since May 2008, when the General Law on Tobacco Control was issued. However, harmonization in the regulatory framework was required to prevent illegal trade practices in such products, which is concrete disregarded today by the publication of this presidential decree,» the federal authorities said in a statement.
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Spray from nicotine e-cigarettes contains more heavy metals than traditional cigarette smoke, the government said, about why the ban.
«WHO has stressed that the devices referred to are a risk to people in the environment exposed to aerosol exhaled by users of these devices, as the solutions and mixtures used are often dissolved in propylene glycol or glycerin, elements harmful to the heart and lungs,» the statement was detailed.
«The international body concludes that these electronic devices are undoubtedly harmful and pose a current and real threat to the general population.»
In Mexico, 938,000 teenagers once tried the e-cigarette, the government said, of which 160 thousand use it regularly (ENCODAT 2016-2017), «a fact that alerted the Government of Mexico, as it represents the gateway to nicotine addiction».
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