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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.
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • Still at war with the tobacco epidemic, Indonesia must control e-cigarettes too

  • Several countries are banning e-cigarettes due to revelations of health risks to both users and bystanders. But in Indonesia, the world's second-largest cigarette market, the government has yet to put in place policies to prevent youths from taking up vaping. There has been no research on the prevalence of vaping among youth in Indonesia, but the Indonesian government should be alarmed by the reports of illness and death due to vaping in the US.