Mexico City (AP) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed a decree Tuesday banning the sale of e-cigarettes, continuing the government’s anti-vaping policy.
Mexico has banned the import of devices since at least October. And before that, consumer protection laws and other laws that hindered sales were used.
Despite the decree from Tuesday, many Mexicans import or buy cartridges or liquid for vaping under the table or online inside the country.
Assistant Secretary of Health Hugo Lopez Hotel landed on the industry’s claim that vaping is safer than smoking, calling it a “big lie”.
According to the government’s own data, at least 5 million Mexicans have tried vaping at least once.