The General Customs of the Republic of Cuba reported on the importation of electronic cigarettes to the island after “important detections at the border.”
The AGR published a note on Facebook that was circulated on the portal of the government of the province of Villa Clara referring to this issue.
In the statement, they indicated that Resolution 23 of 2020 of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) is the legal norm that regulates the non-commercial import and export of electronic cigarettes and other similar products. .
According to them, the Resolution, signed by the Minister of Public Health Jose Ángel Portal Miranda, does not exempt people with medical prescriptions for the consumption of these substances for therapeutic purposes and recognizes the increase of legalization at the national level in many countries.
However, “it reaffirms the scale that it harms human health and promotes the tendency to consume narcotic substances and drugs, for which there is a zero tolerance policy in the country.”
In this sense, they reiterate the ban on the import, possession, transport or export of beverages, food, materials, literature, propaganda, goods, items, tools, electronic cigarettes or any other input that -incites, encourages or promotes the use of the Cannabis plant. (marijuana), the bush of Erythroxylum coca (coca) and Banisteria laurifolia (yagué); as well as flowers, seeds, products or substances, substances derived from them, which produce effects similar to drugs, whether medicinal or recreational.
BRINGING E-CIGARETTES INTO CUBA
As shown in the text, electronic cigarettes are still new, and more research is needed over a longer period of time to determine what effects they may have on health, and may pose a risk. to people’s health.
In this way, they consider that “there is no scientific basis that supports or approves that its use can influence the cessation of smoking, in addition to the fact that it has no approval from the World Health Organization.”
According to the information provided, Villa Clara Customs confirmed “important detections at the border, an effectiveness that confirms our commitment to the Zero Tolerance policy that defends our country,” they said.