The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is warning against the smoking of the rather popular ‘shisha’ as it poses serious health concerns, ABC News can report.
The announcement by the Authority comes in the wake of an increase in ‘shisha joints’ across the country with a significant number of the youth engaged in the smoking of the substance.
Head of tobacco and substance abuse department at the FDA, Dr Olivia Agyekumwaa Boateng revealed that Shisha smokers are at risk of the same kinds of diseases cigarette smokers are exposed to, including heart diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases and pregnancy-related diseases.
According to Dr. Boateng, the Public Health Act 851-2012 mandates the FDA to regulate shisha and other tobacco products.
According to her, her outfit has engaged the dealers to brand the product with captions that inform users of its health complications.
“We have also embarked on an aggressive public education in schools across the country including the tertiary to discredit the misconception that shisha is a safer form of smoking tobacco,” she said in an interview monitored by ABC News.
She further cautioned the youth to stop patronizing shisha because it contains toxic substances that are harmful to their health.