- The ban on electric smoking is expected to take effect in June
- This move follows the rise in cases of smoking among young persons
- Smoking in public places is illegal in Ghana
Government is planning on banning electronic cigarette and shisha by June this year. This is according to inside sources from the Flagstaff House which say the menace of smoking among young persons in the country continues to escalate across the country.
In fact, a research conducted by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) show that the rate of smoking among young people between the ages of 13 to 15 years shot up to 5.3 percent higher than the traditional use of tobacco which stands at 2.8 percent.
Meanwhile, head of the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority's (FDA) Tobacco and Substance Abuse Unit, Mrs. Boateng reveals that a lot of Ghanaian youths are of the opinion that since Shisha smoke is flavored and goes through water before the smoker inhales the fumes, it is -in their opinions - safer than normal cigarette smoke.
Speaking at the Graphic Youth World, Mr. Boateng stated that the regular Shisha smokers ought to expect the same health risk as those who smoke normal cigarettes, health risks which include cardiovascular, respiratory, oral cavity, and dental diseases.
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