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Salud Pública de México

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REYNALES-SHIGEMATSU, Luz Myriam; BARRIENTOS-GUTIERREZ, Inti; ZAVALA-ARCINIEGA, Luis  y  ARILLO-SANTILLAN, Edna. New tobacco products, a threat for tobacco control and public health of Mexico. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2018, vol.60, n.5, pp.598-604.  Epub 31-Mayo-2019. ISSN 0036-3634.

The new tobacco products that include electronic cigarettes (called “E Cig”, “e-hookahs”, “mods”, “vape-pens”), electronic nicotine delivery systems (SEAN, Spanish acronym), similar systems without nicotine (SSSN, Spanish acronym) and alternative nicotine consumption systems (SACN, Spanish acronym), are positioned in the global market with a discourse of harm reduction and risk minimization. This manuscript summarizes the scientific evidence and presents a regulatory proposal for this technological innovation, oriented to guide the decision making of legislators, government institutions and organized civil society. The scientific evidence concludes that there is no safe tobacco product for health. The addictive nature of nicotine and the health damages for children, adolescents and pregnant women is the fundamental argument. These new products promote the transition to conventional cigarettes and have not shown efficacy for smoking cessation, on the contrary, they promote dual use. High-level regulation must be formulated without the intervention of the manufacturers or institutions with a conflict of interest in the context of the complete and integral World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control implementation.

Palabras llave : electronic cigarettes; Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems; smoking; adverse effects; prevention and control; legislation and jurisprudence; Mexico.

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