Cameroon became the latest African country that is banning Shish pipes after Kenya, Gambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana to ban the smoking of Shish pipes.
As per the health ministry, nearly 46 percent of youngsters of Cameroon smoke Shish pipes and state that it poses a severe risk to their health.
There is a “misconception” among youth, especially that shishas are not as harmful as cigarettes. On this misconception, the British Heart Foundation stated that an hour-long shisha session could be the equivalent of smoking more than 100 cigarettes.
The research indicates that, during a typical waterpipe use session, the user will draw large doses of toxicants (varying from less than one to tens of cigarette counterparts). These toxicants have been connected to addiction, heart and lung diseases, and cancer in cigarette smokers and can result in similar outcomes in waterpipe users if these toxicants are absorbed in the body in appreciable amounts,” the report stated.
Shisha is basically a mixture of tobacco, molasses, glycerine and flavourings.
Previously, Shisha tobacco contained cigarette tobacco, so, like cigarettes, it includes with nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and some heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead, reports stated.
Smoke shisha tobacco is very common in Africa. The regulations of tobacco have become a burden o most African countries as countries like Kenya and Sudan keep revising their regulations.
Containing shisha keep bouncing up in major cities, African leaders may have to keep revising their strategies to clamp down on the menace effectively.
The British Heart Foundation states that an hour-long shisha session can equal smoking more than 100 cigarettes.
As per the WHO reports, they made this fact even more apparent.
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According to @WHO, said smoke inhaled in a typical one-hour shisha smoking session is equal to inhaling smoke from as many as 100 sticks of cigarette. @WHOAFRO 🚬🚬🚬🚭🚭🚭 pic.twitter.com/bNVLTHiWXH
— africanews 😷 (@africanews) December 28, 2017