Egypt Legalizes Vaping Products 2023

Egypt Legalizes Vaping Products

In a significant move, Egypt has legalized the import and commercialization of e-cigarette products, a decision that has been applauded by the vapor industry. RELX International, a leading player in the e-cigarette market, praised the Egyptian authorities’ progressive approach in a statement dated April 24, highlighting the potential for a regulated market that serves adult consumers’ demand for accessible, quality alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

Joining Global and Regional Markets

Egypt’s decision aligns with the stance taken by several countries in the Middle East, such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, which have already legalized and commercialized e-cigarette consumption. As more regulators worldwide accept e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to smoking, the global market is expected to maintain steady growth in the coming years. According to Statista, as of March 2022, the global e-cigarette market revenues stood at $22.95 billion, with an anticipated compound annual growth rate of 4.19 percent until 2027.

Robert Naouss, RELX International’s external affairs director for the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Europe, emphasized that Egypt’s decision reflects its commitment to supporting legal businesses while cracking down on the illicit trade of these products. “The business and investment environment in the country will significantly benefit from this decision, as will adult consumers who can now conveniently, and legally, purchase better alternatives to combustible cigarettes,” Naouss stated.

Boosting Business and Investment Opportunities

By lifting the ban on e-cigarette products, Egyptian authorities have paved the way for a multitude of business and investment opportunities. E-cigarettes are typically retailed by small and medium-sized businesses, meaning the move will bolster existing businesses and attract entrepreneurs looking to establish new retail points across the country. Additionally, the decision is expected to draw investment from e-cigarette brands seeking to enter the Egyptian market and cater to the growing demand for alternative nicotine products.

Promoting Harm Reduction and Economic Recovery

The legalization of e-cigarettes in Egypt not only benefits adult consumers who wish to switch to a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes but also contributes to the country’s economic recovery post-pandemic. With the collection of tax revenues from legally imported products, Egyptian authorities can address tax evasion issues associated with illegal market players.

Moreover, balanced regulation of the e-cigarette market offers a path to stem the spread of inferior and dangerous black-market products that fail to meet the standards and regulations set by Egyptian and international authorities. This ensures that adult consumers have access to reliable alternatives to traditional cigarettes, in line with the positive stance taken by health authorities and regulators such as the U.K.’s NHS and the Ministry of Health of New Zealand regarding vaping as a means to move away from smoking combustible cigarettes.

As Egypt embraces the potential of e-cigarettes for tobacco harm reduction and economic growth, the country sets an example for other nations in the region and beyond, demonstrating the benefits of a regulated and progressive approach to alternative nicotine products.

Matthew Ma