Ghana is set to ban the smoking of water-pipe tobacco, commonly known as shisha, by the middle of this year, a health official has said, Citifmonline reports
The Ghana Health Service says it is making efforts to secure a ban on the smoking of water-pipe tobacco popularly known as shisha and electronic cigarettes by the middle of 2018.
According to the website, Divine Darlington, from the health ministry,says research by the Ghana Health Service had shown one puff from shisha tube was the equivalent of a whole cigarette.
He said the research revealed the rate of smoking shisha and e-cigarettes among young people has shot up to 5.3%, higher than the traditional use of tobacco which stands at 2.8%, Citifmonline reports.
Shisha, hookah or waterpipe has become very popular among the youth in Africa, and a few countries have taken steps to ban its use after the World Health Organisation (WHO) outlined its lethal health effects in 2015.
Kenya’s health ministry banned shisha in December, citing health concerns. Tanzania and Rwanda have also banned shisha.
What is Shisha
Shisha is a single- or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco, or sometimes cannabis, whose vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin—often glass-based—before inhalation.
How bad is smoking shisha?
Hookah smoking can be as damaging, addictive, and dangerous as cigarettes, because the tobacco is no less toxic in a water-pipe. In fact, a habitual shishasmoker might breathe in much more poisonous fumes during an hour-long session than a typical cigarette smoker inhales in a few days.
Which is worse shisha or cigarettes?
A report from The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the smoke inhaled in a typical one-hour hookah session can equal 100 cigarettes or more. The WHO report also claims that even after it has been passed through water, shisha tobacco smoke still contains high levels of cancer-causing chemicals.