Rwanda bans smoking of shisha (Photo)

Rwanda has banned the smoking of water-pipe tobacco known as shisha starting Friday, health minister Diane Gashumba said in a statement.

The minister said the new order follows an advisory by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that found that shisha is “damaging, addictive and dangerous”.

Shisha smoking among young people in Africa has become quite popular.

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The health ministry also banned advertising of shisha saying that sanctions would be imposed on people who don’t follow the new law.

Rwanda becomes the second country in Africa to ban shisha after Tanzania.

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