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A Trip to Dubai Without e-Cigarettes

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It has been quite some time that I have managed to quit smoking by shifting to the safer option of e-cigarettes. The transition had been easy.

In fact, I felt no side effects such as coughing, irritation, sleeplessness or any other symptoms that are usually felt after you quit smoking. I am glad about my decision as these e-cigarettes are less injurious to health. At first, I had viewed the option of e-cigarettes with disdain and suspicion. However, as more research came forward, my fears were assuaged and I made the sensible decision of opting for e-cigarettes.

Some time back I went to Dubai on a business trip, after reaching there I found that e-cigarettes were banned here. I was shocked by the ban. Now there was no way for me to inhale the poison-free smokeless nicotine. However, I was happy that I didn't bring any e-cigarettes along. Otherwise, there would have been stranded at the airport itself.

I came to know about the ban when I asked a friend who had come to receive me at the airport to wait and let me buy an e-cigarette. "It's banned here," was the reply. In shock, I asked, "How come,"? He said the government thinks it is more dangerous than the real cigarette. As I was thinking about the ban, I remembered what I had read about Dubai before coming here. This was a business city and it thrived primarily on revenue that was generated by sales. My friend added that the tobacco industry was a major revenue generator for the government. He even showed me the warning sign on the packet of cigarette that was not effective. The only point that I could deduce was that e-cigarettes were banned because they would reduce the sale of tobacco and in turn affect the revenue being gained by the government. 

Then why ban e-cigarettes? After I had lunch with a friend, the urge to smoke rose in me. There was no way I could get an e-cigarette. I asked some other people around if I could get an e-cigarette. They all replied "no". The urge slowly began to rise. I somehow managed to put aside that urge for the time being. I then pursued my business endeavours. It was evening time when I managed to return to the hotel where I had booked a room. I had dinner there and e-cigarettes were not served. As I began to ponder over what I should do, I decided to have the real cigarettes for the time being after a very long time. I went to a mall and brought a pack of cigarettes. As I lit a cigarette and took the first puff, I choked myself. I could sense it easily that it was full of tar and tobacco. The smell of burning tobacco made me sick. Anyone smoking the cigarette after having used e-cigarettes could sense it easily that it was a dangerous option. With e-cigarettes, the feeling was great.  There was no ash, tar and poisonous smoke. I felt as if I had never smoked the real cigarette ever in my life.

I wondered again of the ban. Why ban a product that reduced the injurious effect on your health. Off course, it was sort of medication. Many countries had e-cigarettes prescribed as a medication. Then why were things different here in Dubai?

Throughout my stay at Dubai, I had no other option but to use real cigarettes. It was when I returned back to my country that I brought an e-cigarette. After I puffed the smokeless nicotine, I rejoiced once again. I am left wondering as to what will happen if our government concerned by the fall in revenues resorts to the same measure of banning e-cigarettes?

Author Bio:
Steward Hudson is a writer researcher/blogger with experience of writing for multiple industries including education, health and energy. He is currently writing for


Paul Cantwell
So you can't have e-cigarettes, but you can have tobacco, how ridiculous is that? I stopped smoking cigarettes because of the harm that tobacco and the smoke from the tobacco was doing to my health, so i went on to e-cigarettes and doing this has meant my health is not getting any worse, with medication and e-cigarettes I am now 70 years old and expect to live at least another 10 years.If I came to the UAE i would have to go back on cigarettes, so life would end for me much sooner. RIDICULOUS
Jan in Sweden
Remarkable since there are several shops in Dubai that have E-cigarettes for sale... ! ?
Hi Steward. Thank for writing this article as I will visiting Dubai soon for a business purpose. I didn't know that it's banned there. Feeling relieved that I am doing some research before going there. Thanks once again!
Jamal Z
There are a lot of shops that sell e-liquids in dragon mart, but unfortunately all fake and that's where it is dangerous. However I buy my e-liquids from dubai vapors and they deliver almost instantly and you get genuine e juice!
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Sheli Gibbs
Thanks for sharing information about e-cig and visit to dubai without them. Can you please post something interesting for Wax Pen just like this one.

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