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We told Customs no such thing

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I want to make it clear that at no time did the Ministry of Health issue any instructions to the Customs Department with respect to a ban on e-cigarettes. Your editorial of Wednesday, September 17, 2014 incorrectly indicated that the ministry directed the Customs Agency to place a ban on the importation of e-cigarettes. In fact, the Ministry of Health issued a statement on the matter on Tuesday, September 16, 2017 after the misinformation came to our attention.

In the statement, we indicated that there is no ban on the product and the correspondence to the Customs Department was simply to issue a reminder that, under the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations, there is a requirement for such products to be registered and a permit granted before they can be imported into Jamaica.

We also noted that, at present, no entity is registered to import e-cigarettes. Other nicotine products such as the patches and gums have always been registered to facilitate importation. Once companies and/or individuals follow through on the process for registration, e-cigarettes can be imported into the island.

KEVIN HARVEY

Permanent Secretary

(Acting)

Ministry of Health