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  • Monday, August 26, 2019
  • Dubai to host region's first vaping expo in 2020

  • The vaping industry will take centre stage in Dubai for the first international World Vape Show in 2020. Just five months ago, the official sale of e-cigarettes was outlawed in the UAE. New regulation on the sale of registered products launched in April, opening the door for Dubai to host the region’s largest vaping trade event next June at the World Trade Centre. An estimated 64 million people are expected to switch from traditional cigarettes to alternative nicotine delivery devices over the next three years, [...]
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Why you shouldn’t write off e-cigarettes, despite the headlines

  • Vaping has been getting something of a bad name of late. Countries worldwide are considering restrictions and bans. But, as a way to help smokers quit, e-cigarettes are an important tool that we shouldn’t dismiss.

    In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported over a thousand cases of a vaping-related lung disease called EVALI, and 34 deaths. This is catastrophic for the families involved, but must be compared with the 8m smokers who die every year as a result of smoking tobacco. [...]

  • Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • The wild history of vaping, from a 1927 ‘electric vaporizer’ to today’s mysterious lung injury crisis

  • For thousands of years, people have been enjoying the subtle rush that smoking tobacco leaves, thereby ingesting nicotine, can provide.

    But it wasn’t until about 220 years ago that doctors started realizing how harmful smoking can be. Dr. Benjamin Rush was one of the first to point this out, in 1798, calling smoking “offensive” and a-moral, while also suggesting, correctly, that it can prompt “incurable diseases” and cancers.