Rwanda bans shisha smoking due to rising health concerns

For most Emiratis, the shisha is an essential part of coffee shop gatherings. Marwan Naamani / AFP

Rwanda’s government has with immediate effect banned the importation, advertising and smoking of Shisha in the country over health concerns.

In a statement released by the country’s health ministry, the ban was based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) note warning about the potential health effects related to the smoking of Shisha.

“Shisha tobacco smoking is damaging, addictive and dangerous on human lives. The smoke that emerges from the water-pipe contains numerous toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart diseases, just to name a few.” the note read.

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Rwanda has joined other countries such as Tanzania, Pakistan, Jordan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia in the banning of Shisha.

Shisha is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco, or sometimes cannabis, whose vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin—often glass-based—before inhalation.