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A decree issued by the President under The General Law on Tobacco Control (article 16) in Mexico prohibits the sale, distribution, exhibition, promotion or manufacture of an object that imitates a tobacco product. This includes nicotine-containing e-cigarettes. The decree was originally put in place to address candy cigarettes. There is no legal restriction on e-cigarette use. The law prohibiting sales appears to be widely flouted.
Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Banned[1, 2, 3, 4]
As tobacco products
Yes[1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Although restrictions are in place shops can be found in a large number of larger cities/towns

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes[1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell nicotine
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to buy device online (personal use)
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to import device - trade
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to import nicotine - trade
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Although restrictions are in place shops can be found in a large number of larger cities/towns

Advertising & promotion
Public advertising allowed in all Media
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Although restrictions are in place shops can be found in a large number of larger cities/towns

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+[1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
No[1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Although restrictions are in place shops can be found in a large number of larger cities/towns

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

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  • Tuesday, February 05, 2019
  • New Mexico needs to protect its teens from E-cigs

  • Teenage use of electronic cigarettes (EC) has reached epidemic proportions. In 2011, fewer than 3 percent of high school seniors used ECs. In the past 12 months the number has increased to 37 percent, up from 28 percent in 2017. The epidemic has been fueled by the Juul, a stylish EC that has captured more than 70 percent of the market. The Juul company is being investigated for aggressively promoting to teenagers. Even if it stops, the damage has been done, Juul’s wild popularity will continue to addict teenagers.

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Time to take action in New Mexico to halt youth smoking and vaping

  • The Albuquerque Journal reported [...] that the U.S. Food and Drug
    Administration issued warnings to 22 New Mexico businesses and fined one of them this past summer for selling electronic cigarettes to minors. It is of course illegal to sell e-cigarettes and tobacco to people younger than 18. Since the perpetrators include some of the nation’s largest mainstream retailers and convenience stores [...] it should illustrate to policy makers and citizens alike why tough, urgent action is needed at the state and local level.