RIYADH: Premium vaping model RELX has formally launched within the kingdom, as extra Saudi youth are resorting to e-cigarettes, Arab Information reported.
The vaping merchandise are additionally accessible within the UAE and Kuwait, and sign RELX’s intention to broaden into the remainder of the Center East and North Africa this 12 months.
The launch comes as issues are rising in regards to the recognition of vaping, with one medical skilled telling Arab Informationthe observe shouldn’t be seen as a more healthy different to cigarettes.
Dr Abdulaziz Sallam, a advisor in emergency medication at Saudi Airways Medical Companies, mentioned: “E-cigarettes and vape devices are not an alternative to quitting smoking because they are harmful to the body just as cigarettes are because they also contain nicotine.”
He additionally warned towards different risks posed by the digital smoking units. “Some devices [may] explode and cause facial injuries,” he mentioned, including: “It could also cause different types of cancers, bronchitis, obstructive lung disease and could affect arteries and cause cardiovascular harm.”
Because of the rising pattern of e-cigarettes, Saudi Arabia has introduced new rules, just like these in Europe, governing the requirements to be adopted for e-cigarette packaging and labeling.
Commenting on the launch of the model within the kingdom, Fouad Barakat, KSA basic supervisor at RELX Worldwide, mentioned: “The MENA region is one of our category’s fastest-growing markets, growing at a rate just short of 10 percent until 2024. Saudi Arabia is one of the region’s largest and most prosperous markets, hence the need for any brand to launch there if it wants to thrive and grow bigger.”
Saudi vape consumer Sulaiman Mukhtar mentioned: “After quitting smoking cigarettes, I’ve always been on the search for a more trustworthy vape product. Hearing about a premium brand that’s launched in Saudi Arabia brings me comfort in choosing a better product to use as it eases quitting smoking in general.”
A feminine Saudi vape consumer, who wished to stay nameless, mentioned she has heard in regards to the model earlier than and is worked up about its launch within the Kingdom.
“I quit smoking cigarettes a couple of years ago and turned to vape because of its fruity flavors. It’s been hard to find good brands here lately so hearing that a high-standard vape brand like RELX is coming to the Kingdom is going to enhance the vaping experience for so many people.”
Regardless of its rising world recognition, the World Well being Group discourages the usage of e-cigarettes, often known as digital nicotine supply techniques.
ENDS emissions typically comprise nicotine and different hazardous compounds which are dangerous to each customers and others who’re uncovered to secondhand vapors.