GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Government, Legal and Humanity

 
  Share

Regulations will help counter threat from black market, online sales of counterfeit electronic smoking devices says STA's Sunil Thacker

Dubai, UAE, 11 March, 2019:   New regulations permitting the sale of electronic smoking devices in the UAE can have more positive effects than the 100% tax hike implemented on cigarettes in 2017, legal experts believe.

STA Law Firm says the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, which are expected to be available in UAE stores from mid-April, could see more people, particularly young smokers, switching from tobacco.

Senior Partner Sunil Thacker also says the new regulations will help counter the threat from black market or online sales of counterfeit devices which can be dangerous, with reports of some blowing up in people's faces.

“The 100% tax hike on tobacco products had little overall effect on the country's smoking issues as many people simply switched over to cheaper brands,” said Thacker.

“Vaping is a growing trend, especially among young people, and while there is no conclusive evidence at present to show that it is healthier than traditional tobacco smoking, medical experts in the UAE and elsewhere believe it is certainly less harmful.

Added Thacker: “It's a safe bet that legitimate e-cigarettes that will be on sale in UAE stores will be a better option than unregulated products bought online or on the black market. 

“There are many reports of these being dangerous, as with illicit tobacco products smuggled in to countries by criminal gangs, undermining tobacco control and targeting young people.”

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, which is behind the new regulations allowing the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the UAE for the first time, says concern about the spread of unregulated e-cigarettes was among the reasons behind the move.

Manufacturers will be allowed to sell the battery-powered products as long as they meet new standards and carry health warnings similar to traditional cigarettes.

Until now it has been against the law for retailers to sell e-cigarette products, although it is not an offence to own or use one.

“At present, it hasn't been confirmed whether the 100% ‘sin tax' applied to tobacco products will be present on e-cigarettes, though it is likely since they will fall under the same regulations as normal cigarettes,” said Thacker.

“But, as per the Federal Law 15 of 2009, selling to anyone under 18 will definitely be prohibited, as will selling through vending machines or similar automated devices.”



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 4795 times
Posted on : Monday, March 11, 2019  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : UAE Court takes stern action against DishTV India dealer
Next Story : Al Mouj Muscat holds a Fire Evacuation Drill
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Tissot Introduces Chrono XL 3x3 Street Basketball Special Collection
Chloé Launches The New Cloud-shaped “rosie” Sunglasses
Hackket's Bags of Style
BYS COSMETICS Now in UAE
Saint Honore
Max Mara Resort 2020 Collection
Introducing the Swim and Beachwear Summer Collection from Marks & Spencer
VBQ-presskit-denim-70s Capsule
New Land Rover Defender Completes Tusk Testing to Support Lion Conservation in Kenya
OMEGA Rocket Engine - Introducing the Master Chronometer Calibre 3861
Ministry of State for FNC Affairs Launches Forum Titled ‘Political Empowerment i...
Natural and gentle haircare essentials for your little ones from Fifi & Friends'
Eberhard & Co. Alfa Romeo Limited Edition
Jaguar Land Rover & Bmw Group Announce Collaboration for Next Generation Electri...
Rado Captain Cook Automatic Limited Edition with travel case'
Kickstart your summer workout with Ibn Battuta Mall's free indoor family Fun Run
Vincitore Realty sells out 108 homes in the Dh375 million Benessere project in j...
Electricity Most Searched Fuel Energy Term Online in UAE
Britain's Greatest Test Driver, Norman Dewis Obe, Passes Away
The Gucci Runway Makeup Looks for Cruise 2020
Certina DS PH200M collection'
Aston Martin Produces First Cars at St Athan
UAE and Oman bodies sign MoU to jointly promote Internal Auditing
Sony World Photography Awards Reveals New Categories for 2020 and Latest Sony Gr...
Backseat battles: kids driving their parents to distraction – and danger on the ...
The Economic Times recognizes Malabar Gold & Diamonds as one of the Best Brands 2019
BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover announce collaboration for next-generation elect...
The Chaumet Garden of Earthly Delights
Choose the perfect fragrance this Father's Day with Rasasi
ZAAM Launches a spin on their iconic Polyhedron bag
Historic Opening of Coca-cola Arena Gets the Seal of Approval From Thousands of Fans
The SS19 Exclusive Edit From Etoile “La Boutique''
Jennifer Lopez in Ralph Lauren
Jaquet Droz Unveils Its 2019 Novelties at Dubai Mall
Happy Father's Day with Tonda 1950 Skeleton
CEO of Etihad ESCO, Ali Al Jassim's Statement on World Environment Day 2019
Empower launches summer campaign to reduce district cooling consumption for the ...
Sharjah Chamber to Take Part in the 11th Edition of the World Chambers Congress ...
Dubai Cares supports 3-year teacher training program in Ghana to boost early chi...
Team Abu Dhabi award Cappellini new long-term contract
Dp World, UAE Region's Strategic Solutions Boost the Automotive Sector
From the Big Screen to Real Life: Tag Heuer Unveils New Monaco Limited Edition ...
Resolution: Airlines Urge Governments to Adhere to Global Slot Allocation Guidelines
Dan Martin Returns to the Road to Lead UAE Team Emirates at the Criterium Du Dauphine
Celebrate Father's Day with Marks & Spencer
Restoration by Parmigiani Fleurier
Constructsteel Conference to take place in the Middle East for the first time
Ibn Battuta Mall Eid Al Fitr Celebrations
Emirates NBD highlights commitment to preserving marine biodiversity on World Oc...
Turkish Airlines added Strasbourg to the list of its destinations in France