Vape Stop is set to launch its e-commerce store and distribution arm in UAE this year. All products sold on the Vape Stop store are approved by Emirates Authority For Standardization & Metrology (ESMA), the UAE government body that governs and approves a variety of products including electronic nicotine products for import and sale in the country. ESMA has put in place a comprehensive procedure for approvals for electronic nicotine products since April 2019, which fosters quality and tested products that are brought in the UAE market. With Dubai as its hub, the company plans to cater to the audience in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
“E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not many of the other harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar or carbon monoxide. According to a study by Public Health England, e-cigarettes are around 95 percent less harmful than conventional tobacco cigarettes,” the company said. Vape Stop will showcase international vape brands from the USA, Canada, UK, Malaysia, etc. in UAE, along with offering a premium buying experience including superior packaging, customer service, post-delivery care, etc.
“The selection process for these top-quality devices and flavours is rigorous wherein multiple focus groups are conducted to analyse which eliquids and devices best fit the profile of UAE’s adult smokers. Vape Stop has also curated special combos for novice adult vapers such as ‘Savvy Collector’ and ‘Progressive Adopter’, that come with a pre-set combination of a vape device and e liquids,” the company said.
According to the firm’s founder Anant Jangwal, “As per studies, over 64 million people will switch to vaping devices instead of smoking traditional cigarettes over the next few years, and we believe that Dubai is set to provide a global platform for an industry expected to be worth $53.4 billion by 2024. We will also be showcasing some of the latest innovations during ‘The World Vape Expo’ in Dubai which is slated to go online for this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to replace combustible cigarettes with electronic nicotine delivery systems for a smoke-free future by 2030, by catering to adult smokers who would otherwise continue smoking traditional cigarettes.”
“Vape Stop complies with all UAE government rules for sale of electronic cigarette, including delivering to adults above 18 years of age. To prevent underage sales from our online store, we will physically verify the age of the buyer at the time of final delivery before the shipment is released, via a signature and a valid government ID consisting of Emirates ID, passport, or driving license. The name of the ‘ship to’ person should match with the ID and the person collecting the shipment. In case of any name mismatch or in case of underage id, the order will be cancelled and returned to Vape Stop. The soft copy of the ID will be stored in a secure database and will never be used for any purpose other than keeping a record of delivery to 18+ year olds,” added Anant. “Vape Stop products are not for use by non-users of tobacco or nicotine, but for those adults who cannot quit or will not quit consuming tobacco or nicotine.”