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Juul UK is stepping up its push to capture market share by expanding to new outlets and investing in a field resource team. Calls have gone out for Ireland to be more pro-vaping. Ecigs are to become legal for sale in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but the lies continue in Singapore.

Juul Labs might have pulled most of its flavoured products from the shelves in America, but it still predicts that 2019 is going to be a massive year. It forecasts an income of $3.4 billion, three times the amount it achieved in 2018.

Part of this push involves expanding developing markets like the UK. After achieving a listing at Sainsbury’s, Juul UK is now targeting expansion through convenience stores (c-store).

The company has recruited a dedicated field team that will be visiting the c-stores to promote the stocking of product lines, point of sale material and offer advice about the market to store managers. It said it sees this market sector as being a “key channel in which to accelerate its mission of improving the lives of the UK’s 7.4m adult smokers”.

Juul UK’s head of field sales Steve Lintott said: “Our representatives will live, breathe and fully understand not only the Juul brand and its mission, but also be experts in the vaping category to help retailers maximise the opportunity, as we aim to improve the lives of UK adult smokers.”

Vincent Jennings, director of Vape Business Ireland, wrote in the Irish Times: “Ireland can only expect to be tobacco free by 2052 and not 2025 as originally planned. In comparison, the UK could expect to be smoke-free by 2030, 22 years ahead of Ireland. Vaping is part of the tobacco-free solution in the UK – and it should be here too.”

“Vaping should be seen as one of the suite of options advised by the HSE for those who find it hard to quit smoking. The mission of the Department of Health is to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Ireland. By not encouraging smokers to consider vaping, which is at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking, the Minister and the department are failing in their duty of care to improve the health of 800,000 smokers.”

UAE’s The National is reporting that the ban on selling vape products is being scrapped in a triumph for common sense and harm reduction. The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, a consumer watchdog, has been looking at the evidence and recognised the benefits that vaping can offer.

Manufacturers will now be allowed to sell devices as long as they conform to standards and carry health warnings. Despite some dissenting voices, kit should be available for purchase from April.

Sanity continues to be conscious by its absence in Singapore, where the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Home Affairs reaffirmed that the country’s vape ban was a good thing at a health promotion event. Amrin Amin said no change in legislation would take place until there was “good, sound evidence about using e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.”

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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