On the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, Mexico banned the sales of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices. The order was passed by the President of Mexico as continuing the government's anti-vaping policy. The move was aimed at raising awareness of the health risks.
The new ban covers the circulation and marketing of these new products. With this ban, Mexico is one of the 30 countries to ban the e-cigarettes to use.
The country had already prohibited imports and exports of these devices since at least October 2021. Before that, consumer protection and other laws had been used to discourage sales of electronic cigarettes. Many Mexicans import or buy vaping cartridges or fluid under the table or online domestically.
The government's own figures estimate that at least 5 million Mexicans have tried vaping at least once.
The government banned the e-cigarettes as these vapours are harmful to health like traditional cigarettes. Smoking of any kind would be prohibited in the capital's main square and in the surrounding areas. Smoking has been banned in closed spaces, government offices, shops, bars and restaurants for more than a decade, with exceptions for certain entertainment venues.
E-cigarettes heat a liquid typically containing nicotine and other chemicals into an aerosol. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that e-cigarettes are harmful to health and has called for tight regulation to stop young people in particular from using them.