Middle East ban electronic cigarette is expected to replace Arab hookah?

by:WOYU     2020-02-06
Walking in the streets of the Arab countries, groups of Arabs can be seen everywhere. Hookah has a history of more than 500 years in Arab countries and has become a very localized tradition of Arabs. However, electronic cigarettes have been banned from sale. However, according to the UAE Standardization and Metrology administration (ESMA) News, the ban on electronic cigarettes and electronic smoking equipment was lifted on Middle April this year. This means that the sale of electronic cigarettes will be legalized in the UAE, which will become the first country in the Middle East to legalize new tobacco. This also indicates that the emerging market door for electronic cigarettes is about to open. The UAE's huge smoking population may become the main force in e-cigarette consumption. According to WHO data, among the smokers over 15 years old in UAE with a population of about 10 million, the proportion of men is as high as 28. 6%, female 0. 7%. The average number of cigarettes smoked by adults in the UAE is 583 per year, ranking 82nd in the world. As a substitute for traditional cigarettes, electronic tobacco also meets the consumption needs of UAE smokers to a certain extent. In addition, the per capita GDP of the UAE is as high as 6. 80 thousand US dollars, and the proportion of young and middle-aged population is as high as 84. In 96%, the new type of tobacco is easier to be accepted by young people in the United Arab Emirates, and the market for high-end electronic cigarette products is also full of prospects here. In fact, in addition to the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East and North Africa regions such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt are also huge markets for tobacco consumption. In 2016 alone, the retail volume of tobacco in the Middle East and Africa region reached 476. 1 billion. According to official data, Saudi Arabia has 6 million smokers, one in ten of whom are female smokers. The number of smokers is expected to increase to 10 million in 2020, or 1/3 of Saudi Arabia's future total population. At the same time, according to Arab News reports, although electronic cigarettes are banned from sale in Saudi Arabia, there is no clear ban on the use of electronic cigarettes. Many Saudis have begun to join the trend of smoking electronic cigarettes. Iraq, Iraq's Ministry of Health said Iraq has 10 million smokers, accounting for 12. In 5%, it will consume about 55 billion cigarettes a year and spend about 1. 8 billion on tobacco products. In addition, about 2. 7 billion of tobacco is smuggled into Iraq every year. In Egypt, smoking accounts for about 22. 99 million of Egypt's population. 8%, and they have the habit of using tobacco products every day, mainly cigarettes and hookah. WHO predicts that the number of smokers in Egypt may double as the population grows 30 years ago. In addition to the consumer groups of smokers, the trade environment in the Middle East is also suitable for the development of electronic cigarette products. Take the UAE as an example. The UAE is a financial, economic, shipping and air transport center in the Middle East, and its economic status in the Middle East is very prominent. Dubai is the largest commercial port and trade hub in the Middle East. Once the ban on electronic cigarettes is lifted, electronic cigarette products can not only be sold directly in the United Arab Emirates, but also be transferred to other countries in the free port of the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the Middle East itself has limited ability to provide tobacco products. Most tobacco products rely on imports, of which the United Arab Emirates imports more. In 2010, it imported 21 billion tobacco from South Korea and 8 billion from Turkey. In 2011, about 37 billion cigarettes were imported, most of which were supplied to entrepot traders and shops in Dubai's duty-free zone. The opening of the electronic cigarette market can share the pressure on the import of cigarette products to a certain extent. However, the lifting of the ban on electronic cigarettes in the United Arab Emirates does not mean lax management of the tobacco market. A series of standards bills regulating the import, manufacture, sale and packaging of electronic cigarettes will also be promulgated in April. Electronic cigarette manufacturers, retailers and distributors must strictly follow these new standards. It is said that the nicotine content of e-cigarettes in UAE will be strictly controlled, or refer to the EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) The regulation 'nicotine content in tobacco oil shall not exceed 20 mg/ml '. Similar to the sales of traditional tobacco products, the packaging of electronic cigarettes also needs health and safety graphic warnings and age restrictions on consumers.
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