Vaping in Mexico, What You Need To Know!

Vaping is gaining support in the United States as politicians and the community gain more education on the industry. Unfortunately, Mexican lawmakers have choked the industry, allowing traditional nicotine products to flourish as a monopoly. If you’re considering a vacation or an expatriation, there are some things you should consider before vaping in Mexico.

Is Vaping Legal in Mexico?

The short answer: yes. There are currently no restrictions regarding the USE of electronic cigarettes in Mexico. However, there are very strict restrictions regarding the sale, trade, distribution, production, and promotion of any non-tobacco products, including vape products (General Tobacco Control Law, Article 16 ). Though the laws were introduced to regulate the sale of candy cigarettes, vaping has been lumped in with these non-tobacco products. These early restrictions have repressed vaping in Mexico, and have contributed to the lack of scientific research towards vaping in Mexico. Commissioner of the Cofrepis Health Operation, Alvaro Perez Vega, stated, “They are products that have not been confirmed anywhere in the world to have the necessary safety, quality, and effectiveness to replace the use of tobacco, but unfortunately people believe they are a viable means to stop smoking when no evidence for that exists.”

If it is illegal to purchase or sell vape supplies in Mexico, why are they sold in local shops?  Just as the United States has distinctions between Federal, State, and municipal laws, Mexican states have some authority within the boundaries of that state’s borders. But federal law still reigns supreme and in one case in early 2015, Mexican health authorities closed two establishments in the capital, seizing over 9,000 electronic cigarettes. Because the Mexican Federal Government holds absolute authority over international imports, Mt Baker Vapor is unable to ship electronic cigarette supplies to our southern neighbors at this time.

Traveling Tips

Please note: Although many tourists have crossed the border without any complications, there have been reports of authorities confiscating electronic cigarette for various reasons, so vape at your own risk. We are not the ultimate legal authority and are only offering suggestions. Vapers should consult with an attorney, the United States Department or a Mexican consulate for any clarification. Always remember to turn off and lock your equipment while traveling! Use your best judgment, and always err on the side of caution.vector hand drawn cartoon characters -Although you are legally allowed to vape while in Mexico, imports of electronic cigarettes are strictly prohibited. To avoid confiscation of your equipment, we recommend you bring only enough supplies to cover your visit. If you have an extreme amount of e-liquid or hardware, this may give the authorities the impression of illegal vape trafficking.

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When flying, we recommend the disassembly of all components of your equipment. Once disassembled, bag and store each part separately. Rising air pressure can cause leakage, so it is wise to drain your tank of any e-liquid before departure. Batteries are considered a fire hazard, so the TSA demands that all external batteries or mods with built-in batteries be stored in your carry-on or on your person.  Follow the TSA 3-1-1 carry-on rule regarding e-juice bottle size and proper storage techniques.


Rules for flying with vape equipment may vary, depending on the airline you choose. As a general rule, do as much research as you can before flaying with vape products.

Headed to Mexico This Summer?

Make a visit to the Vape Town Convention in Mexico City and show your support for the industry!


I hope this information was helpful and you now have a better understanding of the laws and regulations regarding vaping in Mexico. Don’t forget to follow us on all your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) to stay up to date on everything vape related. We also started an exclusive Facebook Group called Vaping With Mt Baker Vapor E-Juice. There you will find a thriving community of vapers and a few special MBV giveaways as well! Vape On Vape Fans!

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • zach says:

    Thanks for the tips. I wouldn’t have expected harsher regs in Mexico than here.

  • Robert says:

    I don’t think I would ever go to Mexico.It seems a lot of bad things happen there with cartels.

  • Ken C says:

    As far as I’m concerned vaping has proven to be a safe and effective alternative to smoking.

  • Taco Bell says:

    Gringos Muchas gracias el vapeos lol

  • Dennis says:

    I have been living in Mexico City for quite some time but I always buy vape juice when I go back to the U.S. I cannot seem to find any good places to buy juice. Any suggestions?

    • Corey Gefroh says:

      Unfortunately, we would not have any information on local shops in Mexico City that carry e-liquids. We are very sorry about that but definitely wish you the best of luck with finding a local retailer!

    • Hector says:

      Dennis, here in Mexico there is a few stores that sell very good e-juice. Search for a place called “Most”, it is located in Santa Fe, Interlomas and Lindavista. They have american juice, and some very nice, low-price mexican e-juice. I hope this helps.

  • Justin says:

    I’m not going to Mexico any time soon

  • evan says:

    who wants to go to mexico anyway

  • zach says:

    Make sure you don’t drop your glass tank climbing over the wall!

  • Bryan Miller says:

    crazy that we complain so much about regulations in America when other countries can have larger problems.

  • Branden says:

    So I can take a vape pen across the border or not I got lost?

    • Leon says:

      You can Vape without any troubles… you can find multiple places to buy stuff, but the offer yet sucks.. as many regulations in Mexico, having a regulation does not mean the government gives a crap.

  • Kristen says:

    Has anyone traveled recently to Mexico, leaving in a few days and want to know if the laws have changed or how i can go about getting my mode and vape juice into Mexico?

  • Alan says:

    We just flue to Guadalajara. No troubles going in with 3 batteries, 3 bottles of juice, 2 tanks and extra atomizers. All in carry-on.

  • Suzy says:

    I am going to Mexico, Playa Del Carmen but I want to make sure that e-cigarettes are accepted in your carry-on at the Mexican Border? Thanks

  • RalphLorenzo says:

    Im going to trinidad soon, maybe by end of the month.. Would there be a problem bossku?

  • Sue says:

    Hell yeah e-cigs can help totally quit everything. Just keep lowering your nic content until you get to 0 nic.
    As for all the regulations, it sure makes it tough. I don’t know if I should chance losing my supply just because, oh, someone wants it. lol

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