Alternative tobacco and nicotine products in Mexico

The Mexican government has now lifted the ban on tobacco-alternative products, which were outlawed under Mexico’s General Law for Tobacco Control until July 2021. Keep up to date with the latest developments in the country from this page, which houses all of our content that relates to the market for tobacco alternatives in Mexico, from in-depth regulatory reports to news briefings and market data.

Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador lifted the country’s ban on the import and export of heated tobacco devices and consumables in July 2021, which was less than 18 months after the prohibition was initially approved.


The note in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (DOF) says the president’s decree modifies Article 16 of the General Law for Tobacco Control, which outlawed heated tobacco products in Mexico from February 2020. 

The president has the power to “increase, lower, or eliminate import and export tariffs, as well as restrict and prohibit imports and exports” for the national benefit.

The ban on e-cigarettes remains in place.

Some industry stakeholders suggest that recent step forward on heated tobacco taken by the US Food and Drug Administration could be behind the shift of the Mexican government’s shift in approach.

Our legal analysts will keep you informed of any further developments.