Mexico prohibits the import of electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products

On 19 February Mexico banned the importation of electronic cigarettes, with or without nicotine, and heated tobacco products through a Presidential Decree.

The Decree, published in the Federal Official Gazette (DOF), covers a need for harmonization in the regulatory framework in order to prevent illegal trade of these products, according to the official press release.

The Ministry of Health said the measure was part of actions taken by the Government “to protect the health of Mexicans… and to protect the population, especially young people, from irreversible damage”.

Since May 2008, the sale of electronic cigarettes is forbidden in Mexico, through the General Law for Tobacco Control.

The full text of the new regulation can be found here (in Spanish).

For more information, please, contact Juan Arturo Sabines Torres, Director de la Oficina Nacional para el control del Tabaco y Alcohol, Comisión Nacional contra las Adicciones (e-mail: arturo.sabines@gmail.com).

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