Health Ministry clarifies position on e-cigarettes
The Ministry of Health has moved to clarify its position on the importation of electronic cigarettes.
The ministry says all products which contain nicotine require registration and a permit before they can be imported into the island.
Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey, says e-cigarettes, which contain a liquid nicotine filled replaceable cartridge, must adhere to the regulations under the Food and Drugs Act.
Harvey notes that nicotine products such as gums and patches have always had to be registered in Jamaica and permits have to be issued before they can be imported.
He says the health Ministry does not currently have any requests from any individual or company to register any e-cigarette product.
The Acting Permanent Secretary says this therefore means that there is currently no approval for the importation of these products into the island.
Harvey says the Ministry of Health stands ready to register e-cigarettes once the appropriate documents are presented in keeping with standard practice and the requirements of the Food and Drugs Act.
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