Study reveals trends in shisha smoking in Nairobi despite ban

Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance chairman Joel Gitali during the launch of the Shisha Ban Compliance Study Report of Nairobi County at the Stanley Hotel in the city on August 7, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In 2017, the Health ministry banned the sale of shisha in the country, making it illegal for sale by restaurants and night clubs, which had been making a fortune from the waterpipe tobacco that is popular with young, urbane revellers.
  • The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance says that while many night clubs, bars and restaurants in Nairobi have complied with the ban, an equal number are also still breaking the law.
  • Entertainment joints in Parklands, mostly frequented by university students, had the lowest level of compliance at 57 percent, with the shisha and/or smoking equipment hidden from prying eyes.
  • Ketca chairman Joel Gitali decried frustration by club owners opposed to the ban, saying some offer bribes in order to be allowed to continue selling the product.

People in Parklands and Mathare are smoking more shisha compared to those in Westlands and Kasarani in Nairobi, a study has found.

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