Can you vape in the UAE
United Arab Emirates to allow the sale of vaping products.
Vaping in the UAE has held a very grey area, some people saying its ok and others saying it could hold a criminal charge, thankfully now with the laws changing and the lifting of its retail ban on electronic cigarettes you are going to be able to purchase and vape electronic cigarette devises and e liquids in the UAE. This will take affect from April 2019.
On Sunday The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology lifted their retail ban on vaping devices and e liquids allowing manufacturers and retailers to stock and sell electronic cigarettes as long as they all carry health warnings very similar to traditional cigarette warnings and meet the various new purchase standards they have set out.
The new purchase standards known as UAE.S 5030 will allow the sale of electronic cigarettes, electronic shisha devices, electronic pipes and include e liquid bottles and refills.
The move to lift the ban is due to the increase in counterfeit devices and e juices being purchased through unregulated online websites and businesses thus enabling people who live in the UAE to vape safely. The increase in counterfeit devices has been on the rise as people who vape have had no other choice but to purchase from unregulated sites and shops.
UAE vapers are looking forward to finally being able to purchase genuine regulated vaping products from legitimate retailers, giving them the peace of mind that what they purchase and vape is of a high quality.
Doctors across the UAE are still unsure whether the move is a good one due to the lack of long term health knowledge known about vaping. Other health authorities across the world have agreed that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes but doctors in the UAE argue that the future health implications are still not know and may not be seen for many years to come.
They estimate that the first vaping products will be available for sale from April.
Even though some doctors are unsure the new purchase standards will help the UAE in its tobacco reduction scheme that they have implemented in their National Healthcare agenda.
The agenda was launched at the global e-cigarette summit in Washington DC, where various experts from across the public health sector spoke about their views on how the industry should be developed over the course of the next few years.
The UAE National Healthcare agenda aims to offer world class healthcare and to be able to reduce tobacco consumption from 21.6 percent to 15.7 percent among men and from 1.9 per cent to 1.66 percent among women by the year 2021.