Police in Kampala overnight arrested Over 30 shisha smokers for contravening the anti-tobacco act 2015 that banned smocking shisha and other toxic substances in public.
In the operation led by Kira road division police commander Filbert Waibi several smoker were picked from places of happening like Cayenne, Cassablanca, Dinnehrs and Panamera bars.
Smoking shisha and selling is a criminal after Members of Parliament resolved to legislate against it in 2015.
Shisha also known as a narghile or goza or hookah, mostly found in night clubs and pubs, is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hose. Specially made tobacco is heated, and the smoke passes through water and is then drawn through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece.
Shisha or Hookah smoking can be as damaging, addictive, and dangerous as cigarettes, because the tobacco is no less toxic in a water-pipe. In fact, a habitual shisha smoker might breathe in much more poisonous fumes during an hour-long session than a typical cigarette smoker inhales in a few days.
Further information indicates that smoking shisha can cause a wide array of long-term health risks, including cancer and heart, skin, and gum diseases.
The chairman of the Niche Tobacco Advisory Group (NTAG), Dr Khalid Anis is also among those who have dismissed the misconception that shisha is not as bad as cigarettes, because the tobacco is flavoured and passes through water first.
Waibi said that those arrested last night will be charged under the Tobacco control act 2015 and if found guilty, according to the ACT, one is liable to imprisonment for a period of six months or a fine of sh480, 000 or both.
This is not the first time for police to arrest shisha smoker, similar operation was carried out in mukono last year.