If you have ever been in any random bar or happening place in Rwanda, you can’t stare for 30 seconds without spotting a water-pipe commonly known as Shisha. As Shisha smoking is gaining more popularity among youths in developing countries, mostly girls who can’t smoke cigarettes directly, the government has another atitude towards these narhghile sessions.
According to the notice signed by Dr Diane Gashumba on behalf Rwanda Ministry of Health, the Government has banned the importation, advertising and smoking of shisha within its territory with immediate effect over health concerns.
“Pursuant to the WHO advisory note concerning water-pipe tobacco smoking…. the smoke from the water-pipe contains numerous intoxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart diseases … Accordingly, the ministry of health informs general public that the use, advertising and import of water-pipe tobacco smoking known as Shisha Tobacco is banned on Rwanda territoy effective from 15th December, 2017” Part of the Notice Reads.
What is Shisha smoking?
This is also reffered to as hookah, narghile, waterpipe, or hubble bubble smoking. It is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube. The tube ends in a mouthpiece from which the smoker inhales the smoke from the substances being burnt into their lungs.
Most smokers gather for waterpipe sessions at certain cafes and bars, and some do it at home in a familiar environment.
However, it has been reported by doctors that shisha smoking is extremely harmful to health. A single inhalation of the tobacco filled gas from the waterpipe is equivalent to smoking 200 cigarettess – Doctors.