The United Arab Emirates is currently working on a regulation to stop the illegal importation of electronic cigarettes. According to a senior health official, the goal would also be to hold responsible all those who place orders online.
This is not the first time the United Arab Emirates has tackled e-cigarettes but this time it is clearly the import of vaping products that is targeted by the authorities.
Le Dr. Wedad Al Maidoor, head of the National Committee on Tobacco Control, recently said: " All e-cigarettes available in the country were not imported because no import standards were specified. That means they come from smuggling".
Dr Al Maidoor said that a regulation was being prepared but that there was still no timetable for its implementation. " The GCC already has notifications banning the import of electronic cigarettes and the UAE is the only country that does not have such rules", She said, adding that this is why the regulations were being developed.
« What we're trying to do is work with the customs authorities to find a way to prevent people from ordering online or bringing electronic cigarettes with them to the country. She says.
It also takes the opportunity to point out that other tobacco products have been standardized in the country in accordance with the regulations of the Association for Standardization and Metrology of the Emirates (ESMA). Concerning electronic cigarettes, this is a special case because importation into the country is not allowed. " No company in the United Arab Emirates has a license to import electronic cigarettes and we do not intend to give"She said.
According to Dr. Al Maidoor, it is common knowledge around the world that electronic cigarettes are no safer than conventional tobacco products.
«Electronic cigarettes do not help quit smoking, as its promoters claimShe said, adding that in fact, this only leads to addiction to tobacco in a different way.