Health CS bans shisha in the country

Revelers in a Shisha bar PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu has banned the importation, manufacturing, sale,use, advertisement, promotion and any form of distribution of shisha in Kenya

In a legal notice dated December 27, CS Mailu says that anyone who will be found guilty

of contravening the ban will be “liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh50, 000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

CS Mailu further cited Chapter 242, Section 163 of the Public Health Act which gives

powers to recognized health officers or law enforcers to conduct impromptu searches on

premises, where shisha smoking or services are being offered.

Rwanda became the second country in Africa to ban shisha smoking after Tanzania imposed the ban on July.

Also Shisha has been banned has in Pakistan, Jordan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

The World Health Organisation recently revealed that smoking shisha poses grave health risks as the smoke of 100 or more cigarettes is inhaled in a single session.