E-cigarettes can no longer be sold in Mexico. President Lobrador points to health risks as justification.

The sale of e-cigarettes and similar products is now banned in Mexico. The government justified its decision on Tuesday with health concerns. It is a “lie” to claim that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to traditional tobacco smoking, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Mexico banned the import and export of vaporizers and cartridges in October, but manufacturers continued to sell their products, Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell said.

WHO considers e-cigarettes a health hazard

E-cigarettes heat a cartridge or liquid that typically contains nicotine and other chemicals. The user inhales the vapor, mimicking the use of conventional cigarettes. Supporters of the process say it’s safer than using regular tobacco.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers e-cigarettes a health hazard and has called for strict regulation to discourage use, particularly by young people. According to the WHO, e-cigarettes have already been banned in more than 30 countries by July 2021.

In April, the company Juul agreed to pay the equivalent of around 20.5 million euros in a procedure in the USA. He had been accused of specifically courting teenagers and lying about how addictive his products were.