Dangerous Use of Vapers and Electronic Cigarettes Warned in Mexico

Cofepris and Conadic pointed out the risks posed by the so-called vapers and electronic cigarettes for being “highly addictive and cause serious damage to health.”

The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) and the National Commission against Addictions (Conadic) issued this Friday a health alert on the risk posed by so-called vapers and electronic cigarettes because they are “highly addictive and cause serious damage to health “. 

In a statement, they noted that these “emerging products” fall into two categories: electronic cigarettes (e-cig), also known as vaporizers, and heated tobacco products. 

“All of these are harmful to health, derived from their carcinogens, toxic substances, and aerosol emissions.” 

They noted that they can also be identified as Electronic Nicotine Administration Systems (SEAN), Similar Systems Without Nicotine (SSSN), and Alternative Nicotine Consumption Systems (SACN). 

These products contain significant levels of metals such as cadmium, nickel, lead, among others, which represent a health risk, “they added. 

The commissions warned about the risks of consuming these products, highlighting that “a cartridge containing 5% nicotine salt is equivalent to between one and three packs of cigarettes” and specified that these “high concentrations of nicotine have long-term adverse effects. term in the development of the brain of children, adolescents, and fetuses information “. 

In the statement, health authorities identified three main types of health damage associated with these products as respiratory damage due to inflammation of the lung tissue, causing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ), asthma, and cancer

Cardiovascular damage is due to changes in blood circulation, which can cause arteriosclerosis and heart attacks, and mutagenic damage that increases the risk of cancer and reproductive disorders, such as erectile dysfunction. 

The alert was issued after a scientific-technical review by specialized personnel from Conadic and Cofepris, who based on scientific evidence considered that the harmful impact of the use of this type of product on lung health “is alarming”, and that exposure to its aerosols “decreases the ability of people in their immune response to respiratory infections.  “

No tobacco vape or heater has health authorization from Cofepris, or recognition by the Ministry of Health as reduced or alternative risk products, “they noted. 

In addition to the risk that the consumption of the product represents, Conadic warned about the negative effect of these devices against the control of the tobacco epidemic. 

Both Cofepris and Conadic recommend that people not purchase or consume these types of products, since they represent a risk to individual health and that of third parties. 

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