Vaping

E-cigarettes will not be offered as an aid to help smokers quit until the full health impact is determined, doctors have said.

This week the government’s product regulator said e-cigarettes and vaping products could be sold legally from mid-April.

Regulation will ensure consumers will have transparency over the vaping products they buy and help authorities stamp out black market and unregulated sellers.

But government doctors said the country will not go as far as some nations in promoting the devices to problem smokers.

In the UK, Public Health England recently said it supported their use to help smokers quit, citing evidence that they are 95 per cent less harmful than tobacco products.

But in Hong Kong, the government has announced plans for a blanket ban on all e-cigarette products, with anyone importing, selling or promoting products facing six months in jail or a Dh23,393 fine.

Other nations, like the US, are also unsure of how safe e-cigarettes are and their long-term impact on health.

Parents in the UAE have expressed concerns over how e-cigarettes will be sold, and how accessible they will be for children.

One Dubai parent, Bhavana Sood, whose children are 16 and 13, said she was worried about children being attracted to vaping by the flavours on offer, like fruit and candy.