Starting this month, Singaporeans will no longer enjoy smoking shisha due to a nationwide ban on the activity
A ban on the import, distribution and sale of shisha will be implemented later this month, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Faishal Ibrahim said on Tuesday. The ban will come under the new Prohibited Tobacco Products Regulations under Section 15 of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, he told Parliament.straitstimes.com
Shisha tobacco will be banned in Singapore starting later this month, according to media reports.
Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Health Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said in Parliament on Tuesday that the ministry would ban the importation, distribution and sale of shisha from later this month to prevent the “proliferation and entrenchment of shisha smoking in Singapore”, according to Channel NewsAsia.
For the uninitiated, shisha is a "glass-bottomed water pipe in which flavoured tobacco is covered with foil and roasted with charcoal." The smoke is passed through the water chamber and is inhaled into the lungs slowly.
The ban is implemented due to the health risks shisha poses to people and is no different than smoking tobacco
Shisha is no less hamful than other forms of tobacco use, so the Ministry of Health (MOH) intends to prohibit the import, distribution and sale of shisha from later this month, said Parlimentary Secretary for MOH Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 4).channelnewsasia.com
Dr Faishal said that in view of the health risks associated with shisha smoking, and to prevent the proliferation and entrenchment of shisha smoking in Singapore, the ban will be effected later this month.channelnewsasia.com
Singapore's National Health Survey 2010 showed 7.8% of young adults aged 18 to 29 years smoked shisha at least occasionally compared to 1% among older adults. The Student Health Survey found the proportion of students who used alternative tobacco products including shisha increased from 2% in 2009 to 9% in 2012.themalaysianinsider.com
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a shisha session is the equivalent of smoking 100 or more cigarettes. The smoker is also exposed to harmful toxics such as carbon monoxide.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a typical session of shisha smoking involves the inhalation of smoke that is equivalent to smoking 100 or more cigarettes. This exposes the shisha smoker to high levels of harmful smoke toxicants including tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine.themalaysianinsider.com
"Most shisha smokers are unaware of the health risks involved," observes associate professor Loo Chian Min, senior consultant and head of the Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, Singapore General Hospital (SGH). "Some youths don't even realise that there's tobacco involved and so they don't regard shisha as smoking."yahoo.com
Shisha smoke is often laced with carcinogens or cancer causing substances. Regular smoking of shisha may lead to cancer of the lungs, mouth, stomach and oesophagus. This is on top of health conditions like impaired pulmonary function, heart disease and reduced fertility.yahoo.com
As a transitional measure, the Singaporean government will continue to allow the import and distribution of shisha tobacco until 31 July 2016
"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," he said in parliament on Tuesday. Muhammad Faishal said this allows importers and retailers ample time to deplete their stock and restructure their businesses away from the shisha business.themalaysianinsider.com
As a transitional measure, existing licensed tobacco importers and retailers who import or sell shisha tobacco will be allowed to continue importing and retailing shisha tobacco until July 31, 2016.straitstimes.com