Panama – Ministry of Health Crackdown on E-Cigarettes
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) recalled that the sale of electronic cigarettes is prohibited at the national level and, in coordination with the security forces, vigilance is maintained to ensure that this provision is respected.
In the health regions of the country, there are environmental sanitation inspectors, to ensure compliance with the law and the agreement with the World Health Organization.
“Nicotine comprises an alkaloid that produces addiction and, in turn, a public health problem generating what is called smoking,” said Dr. Reina Roa, coordinator of the Minsa Tobacco Control Commission.
It was recalled that sanctions such as temporary or permanent closures are applied to establishments that sell the products in Panama.
She added that studies show that e-cigarettes release toxic substances in their vapor and may even contain those not present in conventional tobacco.
The Minsa recalled that there are 56 smoking cessation clinics throughout the country, which are available to those seeking help to quit smoking and where they will receive comprehensive care with specialists.
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