Saturday, June 3, 2023

The Health Commission agrees to hold a forum to organize the analysis of vaporizers

Claudia Bolanos

The Chamber of Deputies thought it was necessary to build spaces for discussion and to open up the opportunity to regulate the supply chain of said machines.

For this reason, the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies held a summer forum this year with experts, activists, Mexicans and other countries of the world to exchange opinions, as well as experiences on the use and regulation of vaporizers, with a view to taking the best option for Mexicans.

In this sense, the president of the Commission Vice-President Emmanuel Reyes Carmona recognized that in the presence of vaporizers growing in different distribution channels in Mexico, it is necessary to develop the matter in order to take the most important place with the arguments. when it comes to a product whose consumption rocks among young people and minors, when the truth is that it is an exclusive product for adults.

“It is important to know that it is a controversial issue, where there are versions in favor and against, the truth is that what is being done is what obtains the Health Commission; The fact is that it is a healthy problem and that we can all meet together to listen to different approaches to guarantee this legislative plan that we will surely rule in the coming months, with that plan. all aspects of civil society can be considered,” he said.

“We don’t say yes, we don’t say no – legislator Morenista added -, the idea is that no one is left behind and all Mexicans are included in this legislative project.”

It should be noted that on May 31, 2022, the federal government issued a presidential decree, through ”

which the circulation and trade of vaporizers is prohibited, despite the fact that on October 19, 2021 the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) declared that it is unconstitutional to stop the sellers of the sellers.

As a result, although the legal battle between the authors and the established vaporizer merchants caused the closure of business, albeit temporarily, this did not prevent the illegal sale of devices in different ways, from vending machines, flea markets, and street vendors. informal shops on public roads and other clandestine businesses, constituting dangerous and real channels of smaller purchases.

In this sense, PATELLA’s deputy, Ector Jaime Ramírez Barba and also a member of the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, acknowledged that there are no longer any elements to postpone the controversy about the vaporizers, since the issue requires urgent attention. .

For this reason, the Health Commission has approved the plan to promote the forum next June, where different experts and authorities will be invited from countries such as New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom where the regulatory framework has been approved.

“An agreement has already been made by each commission to make the forum open, wide, even through the Internet, to invite regulatory institutions from all over the world;” MORENA representatives with the Ministry of Health and other authorities so that they could talk, because in any forum that we hold, whether in the Senate or in the Chamber, they do not seem to agree to discuss against tobacco. would be broken,” commented the legislator.

In this way, the Deputy Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, believed that he would accept the invitation of the Congress of the Union to participate (and allow other federal health authorities to participate) in the foreign countries that will take place. material, for the purpose of forming a solution of the exit of the vapors.

“We hope that López Gatell will not give up the order, because the order goes out and no one comes, but the encouragement that was given to me in this last commission gave me great enthusiasm; The ban puts Mexicans at much greater risk because there is a black market for more than two million vapers,” he said.

Along the same lines, the deputy of the Movimiento Ciudadano, Andrés Pinto Caballero, agrees that there are elements that are spaces to achieve constructive analysis and discussions, with a view to developing the fabric of manufacturing, sale and consumption of vaporizers.

“Over time, we plan, the black market will not be reduced 100 percent, but it will be greatly reduced because you can go to a convenience store and know what to get into; by promoting the prohibition of these, we will also generate contraband when we prevent someone from selling, because they are the ones who consume,” he commented.

The legislator recalled that the possible regulation of vaporizers, in addition to defining regulations for trade and consumption, would also involve millions of pesos that the treasury could obtain by applying taxes to vaporizers.

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