Shisha smoking has become a common place activity among today’s youths.
They are conspicuously present at clubs and parties and always have clods of individuals gathered around them, enjoying the fruit scented tobacco water.
The Tanzanian government wants to ban shisha smoking within the country over concerns of links with drug or alcohol abuse.
The government has issued an edict, prohibiting businesses in the country’s biggest city, Dar es Salaam from selling shisha within the next seven days.
Shisha smoking is now very popular among young people in Tanzania, traditionally, it is an activity associated with Arab or Asian groups and so it is even more common in many Arab countries and in Tanzania.
There has however been a growing concern among the younger generation that smoking the fruit scented tobacco through a bowl and tube could be used to cover up alcohol or drug abuse.
The new found concern arises from cases of users replacing the water with alcohol or marijuana infused water. Tanzanian Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa is reported to have said that shisha smoking was killing future generations.
Health campaigners in the UK have already warned of the dangers of smoking shishas, also known as hookahs, narghiles, arghilehs or hubble bubbles.
The British Heart Foundation says an hour-long shisha session can be the equivalent of smoking more than 100 cigarettes and doctors have said that there is a “misconception” that shishas are not as harmful as cigarettes.
British Heart Foundation says;
“Traditionally shisha tobacco contains cigarette tobacco, so like cigarettes it contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead, as a result, shisha smokers are at risk of the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy.”
Considering all these facts, the Tanzanian government is probably right to ban the ‘harmful’ activity, what is left to see is how they will manage to police the sales.