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Cofepris and Conadic issue health alert for vapers and emerging tobacco products

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The Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris), and the National Commission against Addictions (Conadic) have just issue a health alert about the risk posed by products commonly called vapers in all their modalities, because they are highly addictive and cause serious damage to health.

Cofepris and Conadic maintain that these emerging products are popularly distinguished in two categories: electronic cigarettes (E-cig), also known as vaporizers, and heated tobacco products.

In this sense, the health alert indicates that all devices of this type are harmful to health, since they include derivatives of carcinogenic compounds, toxic substances and aerosol emissions.

Both agencies stated that these products contain significant levels of metals such as cadmium, nickel, lead, among others, which represent a health risk.

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.

These high concentrations of nicotine, according to the health alert, have long-term adverse effects on the brain development of boys, girls, adolescents and developing fetuses.

As part of the alert, health authorities indicated three main types of health damage associated with these products, which are:

  • Respiratory damage due to inflammation of the lung tissue, causing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and cancer.
  • Cardiovascular damage due to changes in blood circulation, which can cause arteriosclerosis and heart attacks.
  • Mutagenic damage that increases the risk of cancer and reproductive disorders, such as erectile dysfunction.

This alert is issued after a technical-scientific 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 products on lung health is alarming.

In the same line, add that exposure to its aerosols decreases people's ability to respond immunologically to respiratory infections.

Likewise, they asserted that No vape or tobacco heater has health authorization from Cofepris, nor recognition by the Ministry of Health as reduced or alternative risk products.

In addition to the risk represented by the consumption of the product, Conadic warned about the negative effect of these devices against the control of the smoking epidemic, because it perpetuates nicotine addiction and at the same time discourages quitting tobacco use.

Finally, Cofepris and Conadic They recommended people not to purchase or consume these types of products, since they represent a risk to individual and third party health. Meanwhile, they make specialized personnel in psychology and medicine available through the Primary Care Centers for Addictions, AC Youth Integration Centers, Community Mental Health Centers, Comprehensive Mental Health Centers or by calling the Life Line at 800 911 2000, to receive more information.


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