The UAE will introduce minimum pricing for tobacco products from December

These are the changes coming from December 1

The UAE will introduce minimum pricing for tobacco products from December

As we announced a few weeks ago that a new tax is set to be launched in UAE as of December 1.

A 100 percent tax will be imposed on all e-cigarettes and e-liquids, whether they contain tobacco or not, and a number of soft drinks.

This follows on from the introduction of an excise tax in 2017 that saw a 100 percent increase in the prices of energy drinks and tobacco products.

As part of the new tax being introduced in December a minimum price for cigarettes and tobacco products has also been introduced.

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) have set a minimum price of 40 fils for one cigarette and loose tobacco will be subject to a minimum price of 10 fils per gram.

The new tax of tobacco products aims to protect consumers and the community from products that damage public health and the environment and prevent price manipulation for the purpose of tax evasion.

The minimum price for a pack of 20 cigarettes will be Dhs8 and a 250g pack of tobacco will be Dhs25.
All changes and minimum prices will be effective from December 1.

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