Regulatory report: Qatar, December 2020

Vaping products are currently completely banned in Qatar and ECigIntelligence does not expect any changes in the regulations any time soon. Nevertheless, should Qatar decide to regulate and legalise e-cigarettes we believe that there are two possible scenarios. Qatar could adopt similar regulations to the neighbouring countries of the Arabic peninsula; or alternatively, wait until the approval of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardisation Organisation (GSO) standard on vaping products – which would introduce common restrictions for all GCC countries – and adopt it.

This report will explore the possible regulatory framework should Qatar decide to follow its fellow GCC countries and legalise e-cigarettes.


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Lorenzo Guaragna

Senior legal analyst
Lorenzo holds a masters degree in International Law from the University of Trento, Italy, where he specialised in aspects of European law. In 2017 he completed a six-month exchange programme with Erasmus+ in Tarragona, Spain. He has had work experience in the legal sector as an intern in a law firm and at the Court of Rovereto, Italy. He specialises in tobacco and novel nicotine products taxation, as well as traceability and security systems for tobacco products in the European Union.

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