Dubai Lifts Ban on E-Cigarettes and Vaping Devices
As of April 2019, Dubai announced that the sale and consumption of e-cigarettes and vaping devices would be allowed to those of legal age.
This decision was welcomed Dr Konstantin Farsalinos, MD, Research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre in Greece. In 2014, Dr. Farsalinos headed a survey of e-cigarette users across the globe, which revealed that vaping had minimal adverse effects on humans as compared to traditional smoking methods. When compared to smoking, the impact was 1/100th to 1/20th.
On the recent lifting of the ban by the Dubai government, he said: “I welcome the UAE government’s decision to lift the ban as it is evidence and research-based.”
“Eventually, cessation of smoking is the objective. But there are three lines, or methods, to reach this. The first option is to quit smoking without any aid, which only 5 per cent of smokers achieve; the second is to use aids like patches, gums lozenges or prescription medication which research has shown achieves success in only 20-25 per cent of smokers. The quit rates are disappointing. Smokers need a third line or option to slowly help them wean off the habit. Introducing [vaping] option to the UAE residents might help the cause of smoking de-addiction,” said Dr Farsalinos.
Dr Farsalino added: “Evidence has shown that after a smoker reaches a desired level of brain stimulation with nicotine, he can automatically stop. In vaping, he is able to do that and switch off nicotine inhalation. [On the other hand], a smoker usually smokes a complete cigarette and does not usually stop halfway. Vaping helps the smoker work towards lesser and lesser brain stimulation with nicotine.”
In the case of the UK, the legalisation of e-cigarettes has already resulted in a historically unprecedented all-time low percentage of smokers. Owing to these results, New Zealand and Canada have followed suit with their own legislature.
The UAE National Health Agenda 2021 has set a goal of reducing smoking figures to 16 per cent in men and 1.7 per cent in women, and we at PodVapes™ believe that pod vape systems will pave the way to actualizing this goal.