Mexico has banned the sale of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices from Tuesday amid concerns about their health effects. It is a lie that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to inhaling tobacco smoke, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. "These vapes are also harmful to health."
The President signed a decree introducing the ban on World No Tobacco Day. These products are designed to appeal to young people, explains Lopez Obrador as he demonstrates a pink vape.
"Look at the color, look at the design," stressed the President.
Mexico City's authorities announced that all smoking will now be banned in the city's main square, Sokalo, and surrounding areas in the historic part of the city. According to the city council, this decision was taken to draw attention to health risks.
Mexico banned the import and export of vaping equipment and cartridges in October, but companies have continued to sell their products, said Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell. Smoking has been banned for ten years in enclosed spaces, government offices, shops, bars, and restaurants. Some exceptions have been made for certain entertainment venues.
Congress is also expected to debate a smoking ban on beaches, stadiums, and outdoor entertainment venues.