Uzbekistan Proposes Ban on Vapes and Heated Tobacco

Uzbekistan ban vapes heated tobacco

Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health has proposed a ban on the circulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and liquids used in them, as well as tobacco heating systems, according to a report by Trend 1. The proposed ban is outlined in a draft law published on Uzbekistan’s portal for discussion of draft normative legal acts.

If the law is passed, the circulation of these products will be prohibited throughout the country. The Ministry of Health has also suggested introducing administrative and criminal liability for violating the ban, with fines ranging from $1,000 to five years of imprisonment.

Despite the proposed ban, Uzbekistan’s Statistics Agency reports that the country’s production volume of tobacco and its products reached 2.1 billion pieces from January through February 2024. During the same period, tobacco and tobacco product exports amounted to $7.8 million, while imports reached $10.5 million.

The proposed ban on e-cigarettes and tobacco heating systems in Uzbekistan reflects a growing global concern about the health risks associated with these products. As more countries consider similar measures, it remains to be seen how this will impact the tobacco industry and consumer habits in the long run.

Matthew Ma