The Ghana Health Service has revealed that 1.3% of all Junior High School students in Ghana smoke Shisha.

The practice of smoking shisha has become popular mainly among the youth in the last few years with many believing that smoking it is less dangerous than cigarette.

But Head of the Disease Control Unit of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Sadique Kyei Fareed said the perception is false.

“From the Global Youth Tobacco Survey we did in 2017 we have seen that 1.3% of JHS students are now using Shisha. And shisha is made too attractive, they have used in the shisha tobacco a perfume so when they are smoking the smoke scent is nice so you’ll think it’s good. They have also put some sweetness in the tobacco so when it is on your tongue it tastes like PK or Hacks so you’ll think that it is good. Again the danger is that they’ve increased the nicotine in the shisha tobacco about three times or more. That means the tendency to be addicted when you use shisha is very high and we think that we need to warn people especially the youth.” 

Shisha smoking – also called hookah, narghile, waterpipe, or hubble bubble smoking – is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube.