Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Over 50 vape vending machines have been located around the state, which according to Cofepris, are set for closure. Of the 54 known vending machines, only three have been shut down.
The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has suspended only three of 54 known vape vending machines in Quintana Roo. The ban on vape products has been in effect in Mexico since May of 2022.
Since then, health authorities have been on the lookout for the vending machines as well as products in-store.
Laís Rodríguez Barrios, Cofepris Coordinator for the North Zone said three vending machines were suspended and the owners fined 800,000 pesos. The vending machines were suspended to prevent them from continuing to issue vaping products, she said.
She said that agency inspectors verify that the vending machines are selling vape products and if so, a record is drawn up, a summons is left and a closed or suspended stamp is placed on the machine.
Jaime Torres Viveros, the Director Quintana Roo Cofepris, says they have located 24 machines in Cancun and 30 between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
He says health officials have found the vending machines inside shopping malls and along public roadways, however, in the far south, there are none known.