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Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+ [1, 2, 3]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • UAE to expand 'sin tax' to cover e-cigarettes, vapes and non-fizzy sugary drinks

  • E-cigarettes, vaping devices and tobacco refills are to be hit with a 100 per cent tax from January, the UAE Cabinet has said. The expansion of the 2017 excise tax on tobacco follows the legalisation of the sale of battery-powered smoking devices in mid-April. In a series of tweets, the UAE Government Communication Office said the move was intended to "reduce consumption of harmful goods, prevent chronic illnesses linked to sugar and tobacco and help consumers make sensible healthy choices".

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Big Tobacco to sell 'smokeless cigarettes' over the counter after UAE rule change

  • The tobacco giant behind Marlboro cigarettes is to sell 'smokeless cigarettes' over the counter for the first time after a change in the law legalised their sale. On Monday, Philip Morris International said 11 supermarkets and stores would sell its iQOS devices in addition to an outlet at Dubai Duty Free. The company claims its 'heat not burn' technology has much less of an impact on health than traditional cigarettes. [...]
  • Monday, July 22, 2019
  • iQOS to launch in stores across GCC in July

  • Marlboro manufacturer Philip Morris International (PMI) will launch its smoke-free product iQOS in the GCC later this month, according to the tobacco giant. The device was launched at Dubai Duty Free in December 2018 following a powerful advertising campaign across Dubai International Airport. The move to launch it in stores follows the much-awaited approval by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) for the sale of the device. The company convinced regulators that iQOS produces lower levels of toxins than traditional cigarettes.
  • Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Number of UAE smokers packing in tobacco doubles, ministry says

  • The number of smokers who kicked the habit in the Emirates doubled in the space of two years, a UAE ministry said. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) revealed the amount of people ditching tobacco products rose 122 per cent from 2016 to 2018. Smoking cessation clinics in the Emirates recorded a 47 per cent increase in visitors in the same period. Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, an under-secretary at the ministry, said the UAE is determined to reduce tobacco use and highlight the stark consequences of lighting up for the next generation.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Dubai issues warning over vaping in public places

  • People caught vaping or using an e-cigarette in unauthorised areas in Dubai will be hit with a fine of up to Dh2,000. Dubai Municipality has announced that the use of the devices - the sale of which was made legal in the UAE for the first time earlier this year - will be subject to the same laws as those who light up using traditional cigarettes. Locations where smoking is banned include places of worship, schools, universities and shopping malls as well as health and pharmaceutical facilities.
  • Friday, August 16, 2019
  • WHO statement urging governments to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at international expositions

  • As called for in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Governments must comprehensively enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (Article 13) at international expos and conferences, in order to ensure their events and programmes are tobacco free and that their activities and participants are not sponsored by tobacco companies. The world must unite to halt the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing of its products, that cause addiction, suffering and millions of deaths each year.