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Life as a Criminalized Vapes Dealer in Buenos Aires

I’m visiting Natalia (not her real name) in Buenos Aires. She’s in her 40s, a middle-class university graduate who, like many women in Argentina, started her own business after losing her job. But unlike most, Natalia is considered a criminal by the Argentine government.

That’s because her business is selling vaping products. The government banned in-person and online sales, distribution and importation back in 2011, when ANMAT [...] issued administrative provision number 3226-11. Possible penalties, depending on circumstances, include seizures, fines and even imprisonment.