In a shocking response, the Ghana Health Service in a report is undertaking efforts to ban the popular youthful “joint” shisha. Shisha – also known as ‘hookah’ or a ‘water pipe’ – is tobacco that’s usually fruit-flavoured, and smoked through a glass-bottomed pipe filled with water.

The process has already began 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 Citifm, The Principal Research Officer of the Ghana Health Service  Divine Darlington, says “a research conducted by his outfit showed that most of the country’s youth have ditched the smoking of traditional tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes and shisha.

The Ban was proposed because the rate of smoking shisha and e-cigarettes among young people is 5.3 percent, higher than the traditional use of tobacco which stands at 2.8 percent.

“However, we are working with the Ministry of Health now to ban shisha and electronic cigarettes now in Ghana. Shisha use is more harmful than cigarettes, one puff from that tube is equal to one full cigarette that you smoke, so it is more dangerous than cigarette, so with that alone as far as public health is concerned, we are using that alone to ban it from Ghana. I can assure you by the middle of this year surely that has to be done”.

Thus now the youth smoke shisha more than even cigarette or even weed.

The. Research Officer went on to say “All the effects of smoking are in shisha and electronic cigarettes, so FDA does not have that regulation right now to control shisha and that of electronic cigarettes,”

Shisha & Cigarette which is more harmful

Shisha use is more harmful than cigarettes, one puff from that tube is equal to one full cigarette that you smoke, so it is more dangerous than cigarette, so with that alone as far as public health is concerned, we are using that alone to ban it from Ghana. I can assure you by the middle of this year surely that has to be done”.

 

 

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