Vapes are allowed to be sold in four retail chains in Mexico

According to Mexican media reports, one legal protection, including Sanbornss, was pushed by the company. Despite the Mexican president’s ban on e-cigarette sales, four retail chains, including 711 and Oxxo, will be able to freely sell e-cigarette brands.

This means that Philip Morris International will be able to freely distribute its e-cigarette brands in Mexico. In a report, Milenio newspaper noted: “Sources have revealed that on August 10, 2023, Oxxo received a final judgment at the Second Administrative Court in Mexico City.

The retailers said the recent verdict underscores the urgency of regulating the e-cigarette market. They believe that such regulation will benefit customers, businesses, and government departments as it will guarantee the quality of all products, reduce informal markets and create more transparent and competitive markets.

 

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A year ago, the president banned e-cigarettes

In May 2022, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed a law banning the import and sale of e-cigarette brands and heated tobacco products. The reason is that they are more harmful than traditional tobacco and can cause harm to health.

Philip Morris International received its first protective order for the sale of e-cigarettes

Philip Morris International has reportedly challenged Mexico’s e-cigarette ban and filed an appeal. The ruling was made by the 22nd Circuit Administrative Court in Mexico City. The court found that a law signed by President Andres Obrador in May 2022 banning the marketing and distribution of e-cigarettes and heated non-combustible products violated the Constitution.

The ruling allowed Philip Morris International to successfully “beat” the Mexican government in selling e-cigarettes. In addition, federal judicial protection orders are not affected by presidential laws and regulations, and the federal government is not allowed to appeal.