The government of Rwanda has banned the importation, advertising and smoking of Shisha over health concerns in the country.
A statement from the ministry of health signed by Dr. Diane Gashumba, bans “water-pipe tobacco smoking” for its possible cause of cancer and heart diseases.
“Shisha tobacco smoking is damaging, addictive and dangerous on human lives. The smoke that emerges from a water-pipe contains numerous toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart diseases, just to name a few,” the ministry said.
“Accordingly, the ministry of Health informs general public that the use, advertisement and import of water-pipe tobacco smoking known as shisha tobacco a banned on Rwandan territory effective from 15 December, 2017.
It said failure to comply with the notice, sanctions as provided by the law will be applied.