Tanzania bans shisha or water pipes over concerns of links with drug or alcohol abuse.
Businesses in Dar es Salaam, the countries biggest city, are expected to stop shisha sales within seven days.
Although shisha smoking has become increasingly popular with young people in Tanzania, the government believes that smoking fruity tobacco through a bowl could be used to cover up alcohol or drug abuse as there have been cases where users have replaced the water with alcohol or marijuana infused water.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is reported to have said that the use of shisha was “killing the future generation of the country by wreaking havoc on the mental health of the young people”.
Health campaigners in the UK have warned of the dangers of smoking shishas, also known as hookahs.
According to The British heart foundation ; “The average shisha-smoking session lasts an hour and research has shown that in this time you can inhale the same amount of smoke as from more than 100 cigarettes.”
“Traditionally shisha tobacco contains cigarette tobacco, so like cigarettes it contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead.”
“As a result, shisha smokers are at risk of the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy.”