The government of Kenya bans shisha through the ministry of health. The Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopha Mailu in a gazette notice prohibited the importation, manufacturing, selling, adverting and use of shisha. This action comes after the recent ban
This action comes after the recent ban on importation and use of Shisha in Rwanda. Does this mean well for the Kenyan ladies? Kenyans had different reactions towards the ban of shisha, with some of the going to court for the lift of the ban. Some of them feel like the government was on the lookout for the girl child.
A report from the Daily Nation indicated a survey by a group of doctors in two universities in Nairobi, which showed that more male students smoke shisha compared to their female counterparts. Whereas in nightclubs and other social places more females were found to indulge in this habit, with 60 per cent of them being non-cigarette smokers.
Contrary to popular belief shisha has more effect on the smoker’s health than a cigarette with a report from World Health Organization likening a single session of puffing shisha to a hundred cigarette. “We consider shisha less harmful than any other drug because the water tends to absorb the harmful chemicals and we love that they have different flavors”, said Ivy Wangui, a student at Kenyatta University.
Shisha smoke contains dangerous chemicals which have both effects on the male and female reproductive life. It reduces both the sperm count and lifespan in men while it can lead to stillbirth in pregnant women or harm the unborn child which could cause shortness of breath in the unborn baby. The health issues that arise from smoking shisha are cancers, lung and heart diseases.
These effects are long-term and hence the severity of them could be ignored but it will surely catch up with our young generation when they one day wish to have children. The shisha ban is one of the ways to address the challenges that are facing the youth for a better Kenya, though more effort is required to completely eradicate or minimize the problem.