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United Arab Emirates: oral tobacco and nicotine pouch regulation, February 2024

In October 2022, the Federal Authority For Identity And Citizenship, Customs And Port Security told TobaccoIntelligence that oral tobacco – including chewing tobacco, snus, swika, shamma and tumbak – are banned in the UAE. Nicotine pouches are not specifically regulated and do not fall under the scope of tobacco legislation.

This report provides analysis of the current regulatory framework in place in the UAE for oral tobacco and nicotine pouches.

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Mohamed Yousef

Legal analyst
Mohamed brings more than four years of experience in the field of policy analysis. He has previously worked at Dow Jones & company as a research analyst. He is based in Barcelona, Spain; and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alexandria University.

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