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If a new document making rounds on social media could be anything to go by, then the Kenyan government could be considering to impose a ban on smoking, production and importation of any products related with shisha.

This could be attributed to the health risks attached to the highly toxic flavored substance smoked using a hookah (water pipe) and has gained popularity at entertainment establishments in Kenya over the last year.


Shisha-smoking has become popular among young people in Africa as it is considered cool but most smokers are unaware of the dangers.


This has been noted by the Health CS Cleopa Mailu who has now clearly revealed that discussions with various government departments on the ban are ongoing.

“We are contemplating banning shisha … we will definitely do that,” he said 

“We are in discussions with the Attorney General (Githu Muigai) on developing the legislation. The document being circulated online was probably being prepared for my signature but it’s not final and we are not yet there.” 

This comes after a document doing rounds on social media sent speculations about the ban.


Kenya could probably be the third country after Tanzania and Rwanda in Africa to ban shisha smoking. Other countries which have banned shisha are Pakistan, Jordan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.


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