The UAE Government had been adamant on not relaxing its stance on e-cigarettes. Despite numerous researches stating e-cigarettes are very much helpful in smoking cessation, administration did not move any further to withdraw the illegal status of the products.
Until recently, UAE was working on regulations to stop the illegal import of e-cigarettes. The regulation proposed criminal charges on anyone caught smuggling the devices would face criminal charges. The authority though didn’t frame any specified time for the regulation, they stated the move a necessary step.
Interestingly, now, the government backed authorities appear to be changing its stand. This is because Government consumer watchdog, the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology is currently analyzing the scientific data available on alternative tobacco products. After competition of the review, authority will think over whether the ban should be lifted or not.
A couple of days back, the tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) cited the findings from a study that shows heat-not-burn device, IQOS and Vaping devices can reduce the chances of lung carcinomas when compared to regular cigarettes.
“We believe that Esma is seriously considering how to best regulate all novel tobacco products to ensure product safety and the highest quality,” said Lana Gamal El Din, director of corporate affairs at PMI.
“At PMI we support all forms of transparent collaboration with authorities, Esma included, and we abide by national requirements in any given country. The UAE is an important market for us, and we hope to provide the product here under the adequate regulatory framework.”
Another study done by the independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) supports the PMI’s claim. They reviewed two “heat-not-burn” tobacco products and argued that that the devices are safer than regular cigarettes.