Dubai: Whether it is a traditional cigarette or an e-cigarette, smoking in an office or enclosed space is not permitted. This was the clear message given by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), which encouraged smokers to quit in an awareness message on May 31, which is World Tobacco Day. .
Clarifying misconceptions among users, who might assume that e-ciagrettes or “vapes” are different from other tobacco products, the ministry said e-cigarettes are subject to Federal Law No. 15 of 2009 on the tobacco control. In addition, the United Arab Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) published in 2019 a technical regulation on electronic cigarettes, titled “Electronic nicotine products (equivalents of traditional tobacco products)”.
So if you, or someone you know, smokes e-cigarettes, these are the regulations in the UAE that you should be aware of.
Sanctions around electronic cigarettes
According to the official website of the government of the United Arab Emirates, u.ae, the Federal Law No. 15 of 2009 concerning tobacco control prohibits and penalizes:
- The sale of tobacco products to persons under 18 years of age.
- Smoking in enclosed public spaces.
- Smoking in passenger cars when a child under 12 is present.
- Smoking in places of worship, educational institutions (such as universities and schools), health and sports facilities.
- The sale of sweets that look like tobacco products.
- Automatic vending equipment and devices for the distribution of tobacco within the country.
- Tobacco advertising.
Warning signs that e-cigarettes should contain
According to ESMA technical regulations, an e-nicotine product sold in the UAE must display the following warning signs:
1. The health warning on the package must be placed directly on the outer cover of the package and must be fully visible – not hidden by price marks, security features, packaging or stamps.
2. For products containing nicotine (some vaping liquids may not contain nicotine), they must contain specific health warnings on the harmful effects of nicotine, in particular on the health of pregnant and breastfeeding women and people suffering from nicotine. of certain chronic diseases.
3. Labels must also clearly indicate that the product may only be sold to a person over the age of 18.
4. Special warning signs should be pasted for e-cigarettes containing e-liquid.
Help available if you want to quit
Nicotine addiction is serious and can be a difficult habit to quit. If you suffer from this addiction and are looking for help, the health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have opened smoking cessation clinics in various places in the country that guide and support people who want to quit smoking. Click here to find clinics offering free rehabilitation programs for smokers in the UAE.