Cameroon Bans Smoking Of Shisha, Sighting Health Risks

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In recent years shisha has also been banned in Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, Saudi Arabia among others- though the ban in Sudan the ban has been reversed and reintroduced several times since.

Cameroon has banned the smoking of shisha pipes, sighting  severe health implications to the mostly young people who use it in bars and at home after its health Ministry announced that 46% of young Cameroonians smoke the substance

Shisha is typically a mix of tobacco, molasses, glycerine and flavourings.

Doctors say there is a “misconception” that shishas are not as harmful as cigarettes and the British Heart Foundation says an hour-long shisha session can be the equivalent of smoking more than 100 cigarettes.

“Traditionally shisha tobacco contains cigarette tobacco, so like cigarettes it contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead,” it says.

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