Last month, the Egyptian authorities abolished the ban on the sales, import and marketing of e-cigarettes since 2015.
This decision will undoubtedly pave the way for the enactment of appropriate regulations to curb the illegal trade of electronic cigarette devices and tools, which will help eliminate the growing crisis in Egypt due to such illegal trade.
Egypt is now aligned with the global and Middle Eastern markets, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, all of which have legalized the marketing and consumption of e-cigarettes.
In addition, with the cancellation of the ban, and with the implementation of more relevant laws, higher production standards and strict control measures to ensure quality, health and safety will be realized. Adult smokers will be able to obtain the highest quality alternatives to traditional cigarettes and have an extraordinary experience.
The decision to lift the ban has been well received by the largest and most important manufacturers and consumers. By encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises, this will greatly benefit Egypt’s overall investment environment and manufacturers’ investment, opening new stores, and importing rechargeable e-cigarette devices and tools into the market, thereby creating new job opportunities.
It is also certain that the Egyptian treasury will generate additional tax revenue in a stable manner because it blocks the way for illegal businessmen who evade import taxes.