It has been confirmed that Singapore will be banning shisha within this month.
According to Bernama, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is banning the import, distribution and sale of shisha due to the health risks it imposes.
Parliamentary Secretary for MOH, associate professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said that the island-wide ban will commence no later than this month under the new Prohibited Tobacco Products Regulations under Section 15 of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.
In Agence France Presse (AFP) reports, he also was quoted saying, “In view of the health risks associated with shisha smoking and to prevent the proliferation and entrenchment of shisha smoking in Singapore, my ministry intends to prohibit the import, distribution and sale of shisha,”
He further added, “However, as a transitional measure, existing licensed tobacco importers and retailers who import or sell shisha tobacco will be allowed to continue importing and selling shisha tobacco until July 31, 2016.”
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one session of shisa is equal to smoking more than a hundred regular cigarettes.
Shisha has become a trend in Singapore where many young adults reportedly hang out at Mamak stalls or Arab-themed cafes while smoking the flavoured tobacco based vapours produced by inhaling a waterpipe.
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