Parliament drafts bill to ban Shisha

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The parliament of Uganda is drafting a bill that will among other things ban the smoking of shisha in the country. Shisha smoking is one of the new trends that has drawn many youngsters into a serious frenzy. Shisha also known as hookah is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar. It is smoked through a pipe that goes to the mouth to enable the smoker to inhale.

Reports indicate that the team working on the Tobacco control bill is planning on adding other laws that will also ban shisha smoking completely.

“We have proposed that we ban it before it becomes widespread,” said Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi, the Ministry of Health’s Focal Person Tobacco Control in an interview with Daily Monitor on Saturday.

According to British Heart Foundation, shisha tobacco contains cigarette tobacco, which means that it also contains  nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead. This puts Shisha smokers at a risk several diseases as cigarette smokers. These include, respiratory disease, lung cancers among many others.

However, most fun loving Ugandans  seem not ready for this kind of law.

“Has the government run out better things do than come up with such useless laws”, said Simon Okello, a student at Kampala International University.

Some others have welcomed the idea with open hands arguing that this law will help protect people’s health.

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