United Arab Emirates prepares to legalise e-cigarettes from April

The existing ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be lifted from mid-April, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation (ESMA) has confirmed.

The federal agency approved new standards for the nicotine components of e-cigarettes that allows the sale of vaping products, which until now have been prohibited under the 2009 Tobacco Control Law.

“We issued the regulation to legalise it, and it will be enforced by mid of April 2019, as the Authority is working hard through the development of technical standards and regulations,” Abdullah Al Maeeni, director general of ESMA, told the daily Khaleej Times.

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