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UAE ramps up preparations for new ban on water pipe tobacco

The FTA said that as of June 1, 2020, it will be prohibited from supplying, transferring or stockpiling tobacco or electronically heated cigarettes that do not carry the digital tax stamps

UAE ramps up preparations for new ban on water pipe tobacco

The ban – which comes into effect on March 1 – marks the second phase of the ‘marked tobacco and tobacco products scheme’ which seeks to protect consumers from commercial fraud and low-quality products, as well as combat tax evasion.

The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has stepped up its preparations for a new ban on water pipe tobacco and electrically heated cigarette plus that don’t carry digital tax stamps.

The ban – which comes into effect on March 1 – marks the second phase of the ‘marked tobacco and tobacco products scheme’ which seeks to protect consumers from commercial fraud and low-quality products, as well as combat tax evasion.

In a statement, the FTA said that as of June 1, 2020, it will be prohibited from supplying, transferring or stockpiling tobacco or electronically heated cigarettes that do not carry the digital tax stamps.

These stamps allow tobacco products to be digitally tracked from the manufacturing facility until they reach the end consumer to make sure they are compliant with standards and that excise taxes have been paid.

To raise awareness, the FTA has so far held four workshops to introduce producers, importers and distributors of tobacco and tobacco products to the scheme’s procedures and objectives.

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