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Tanzania has banned the sale and smoking of shisha or water pipes over concerns that it may lead to alcohol or drug abuse.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is said to have voiced that smoking shisha was killing the future generation of the country.

There has been growing concern that smoking water pipers or shisha is just an excuse for people to abuse drugs.

The government notified businesses in the main city, Dar es Salaam to stop the sale of shisha within seven days.

Doctors have been noted to have observed the misconception that shisha is not as harmful as cigarettes. However, BBC reports the British Heart Foundation as stating that an hour-long shisha session can be the equivalent of smoking over 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,” the foundation said.

The result of smoking shisha is similar to that of smoking cigarette as both puts the smokers at risk of same kinds of diseases such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and cancer among others.


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