- Effective February 20th, 2020, President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador has decreed a ban on all vape imports.
- United States House of Representatives passes a bill on Feb. 28 by a 213-195 vote to ban flavored vape and online sales.
Mexico bans vape; US House Pass Vape Ban
Mexico has placed a ban on the import of all vaping and e-cigarette products by presidential decree on Feb. 20. The new law includes zero-nicotine e-liquid and even hardware sold without e-juice.
Ironically, one of the positions that helped President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador earn a victory in the 2018 election was his opposition to the prohibitionist war on drugs and support for legalizing cannabis. But Lopez Obrador’s feels completely opposite on his e-cig policy. The president uses a variety of evidence-free health justifications for the ban, and cites the recommendation of the influential World Health Organization.
“That it has been reported that the use of these devices generates inflammation of the respiratory tract, the increase of white blood cells, as well as bilateral pulmonary opacities (spots in the lung), low oxygenation of the blood or even respiratory failure, in addition to an increased sensitivity of airway cells to viral infections,” says the presidential decree. “Its long-term use is expected to increase the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.”
Meanwhile in the United States, we face a bill that has moved out of Rules, Passed in the House of Representatives. Passing Feb. 28 by a 213-195 vote with sponsorship from Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), the goal of the bill is to curb the rise of youth vaping rates by banning nontobacco flavors such as mint and mango. The bill would also ban menthol cigarettes and online sales of electronic cigarettes and restrict advertising and marketing of those products, the news outlet reported. The Senate is unlikely to consider the bill, however, and President Trump’s advisers said Feb. 26 they would recommend he veto it in its current form, The Hill reported.
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Ivette Saldaña & Perla Miranda. "Vaping: Mexico bans e-cigarettes imports". El Universal. 02/20/20. https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/english/vaping-mexico-bans-e-cigarettes-imports