The Ghana Health Service is warning that there is an alarming number of young Ghanaian girls who have taken to smoking shisha, a trend that can have serious repercussions for their health.
The Ghana Health Service's (GHS) Disease Control and Prevention Department has expressed serious worry about the prevalence of the indulgence of young women in the smoking of shisha.
The Department, according to the 3news.com report sighted by YEN.com.gh, have identified girls as young as those at the Junior High School (JHS) level being involved.
Head of the department, Dr. Kyei Faried, described the situation as worrying, saying shisha was harmful to the health of the smokers, especially females.
Dr Faried was quoted as saying: “Shisha contains tobacco and tobacco has over 70 poisonous substances and nothing good in it."
According to the reports, new survey shows, one out of every 50 junior high school girl in Ghana smokes shisha, Dr. Faried noted.
Shisha smoking is a way of smoking tobacco, most of the time flavoured, through a bowl with a tube joined on. The tube has a mouthpiece that the smoker uses to breathe in the smoke.
The trend originated from the Middle East and certain areas of Asia but has recently become more popular in Ghana with young people joining.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh understands, 3,900 men die from the harmful effects of cigarette smoking each year in Ghana.
Even though fewer men smoke in Ghana than on average in high-income countries, there are still more than 425,000 men who smoke cigarette each day in Ghana.
According to Tobacco Atlas Ghana, 69,200 women smoke cigarette each day.In the same vein, 2,700 boys smoke cigarette each day.
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