Mexico bans sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices

Mexico City: Mexico on Tuesday banned sales of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices, reported news agency AFP. The ban was imposed due to concerns about their health effects. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that e-cigarettes are not safe for health.

Obrador stated that it was a "lie" to say that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco smoking. He added that the vapours were also harmful to health. Obrador signed an executive order introducing the ban on World No Tobacco Day this year.

Notably, the import and export of vaping devices and cartridges were banned by the Mexican government in October last year. However, companies continued to sell their inventory. In the past also, the Mexican government had also introduced several laws which aimed at discouraging the use of these products.