The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed it is working to ban the smoking of Shisha in the country by the middle of the year.
According to the Principal Research Officer at the Service, Divine Darlington Logoh, a new research conducted by his outfit identified a switch from smoking traditional cigarette to electronic cigarette and Shisha.
Commonly used by the youth, it has been revealed shisha smoking is 5.3% higher than traditional tobacco use such as cigarette which is 2.8%.
Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco held in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr Logoh noted that it was important to ban the smoking of shisha as the trend was becoming alarming.
“The FDA does not have the regulation right now to control the smoking of shisha and electronic cigarette. However, we’re working with the Ministry of Health to ban shisha and electronic cigarette. Shisha use is more harmful than cigarette, if you puff one from that tube it’s equal to one full cigarette that is smoked. It is more dangerous than cigarette, so with that alone as well as public health is concerned we’re using that to ban it outright in Ghana. By the middle of this year, that surely has to be done.”