Nairobi selling point for Shisha as world commemorates ‘World No Tobacco Day’

Nairobi’s Westlands, Parklands and Ngong Road have been identified as the selling point for Shisha in the country.

According to The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse( Nacada), Petrol stations in Nairobi have also been named as the selling point to clients who take them to Prime buildings in town.

“Soon we are coming to the areas identified and seal them as a crime place as this Shisha business is holding a huge quantity of heroin and narcotic thus affecting a big number of our youth,” said John Mututho Chairman Nacada.

Speaking during the commemoration of the World no Tobacco Day early today, Muthuto said that over 200 samples of Shisha countrywide, 19 of them were found to be having 80 per cent of heroine and narcotic.

“This shisha is smoked all over and mostly by a big number of the youth,” added Mututho.

He further warned the culprits to stop the business or face the full force of the law. “We urge the companies responsible for the illegal business to stop or wait to be sued,” added Mututho.

According to the ministry of Health, six million people die every year globally as a result of smoking, chewing and sniffing tobacco.

“This is a day to remember those who are addicted to smoking, sick of smoking and those who have been disabled because of smoking,” read part of the speech by Cleopa Mailu Cabinet Secretary for Health.

Of the above deaths, 600,000 are a result of exposure to second hand tobacco smoke which mostly affects women and innocent children.

“The 2015 STEPwise Survey for Non communicable Diseases risk factors revealed that 13 per cent of adults use tobacco product s and one in every Kenyans are exposed to second hand tobacco smoke at home,” read the speech.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco is responsible for 100 million deaths in the 20th Century with one person dying every six seconds.

“80 per cent of the deaths resulting from tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke will occur in low and middle income country by 2025,” noted Nathan Bakyaita WHO representative.

The Global Youth Tobacco Survey of 2013 showed that 10 per cent of Kenyan youth aged 13 to 15 years are regular consumers of tobacco products.

Officials also noted that tobacco packaging is a mobile advertisement used to promote consumption f tobacco products. “The tobacco industry has continued to design packages that make the products more attractive to promote tobacco consumption despite the harmful effect involved,” said Dorcas Kiptui head Tobacco Control Unit.

“A formal plan and timeline for implementation of plain packaging shall be developed in line with the national tobacco control programme and priorities,” read the statement.

 

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