Food and Drugs Authority to ban Shisha

Food and Drugs Authority to ban Shisha

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has said that it would consider proposing to Parliament to place an outright ban on the sale and smoking of shisha and electronic cigarette.

The public relations officer (PRO) for the FDA, James Lartey, said the regulatory body has not approved the sale of shisha in the country.

He explained that the FDA does not have the regulation right now to control the smoking of shisha and electronic cigarette but is considering a proposal to parliament to initiate steps to have it banned.

Speaking in an interview on Rainbow Radio, Lartey noted that it was important to ban the smoking of shisha as the trend was becoming alarming.

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Lartey said the FDA has also initiated steps to educate the youth in schools, churches, mosques and other areas on the dangers associated with shisha.

Operators of most pubs and drinking spots in the urban areas make the water pipes available to their customers who openly inhale the flavoured tobacco smoke emanating from it.

That, Lartey said, was illegal, and revealed that the FDA had seized a number of the water pipes in some big malls and supermarkets and administrative sanctions have been handed over to them.

He admonished the public to report operators of pubs, restaurants, drinking spots among others who offer it to their customers as well as shops that trade in it.

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According to health report, in a 60-minute Shisha session, smokers are exposed to 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.

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.

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