Shisha
From left: Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole. NAN

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called on the Nigeria Police Force and all other government agencies to enforce the ban on flavoured tobacco products including Shisha.

The Minister made this known while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday to mark the 2018 world No- Tobacco Day.

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Shisha smoking is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube.

Speaking, Adewole said most of the flavoured tobacco were targeted at the youths and were as dangerous as cigarettes.

He said: “Let me stress that the ban on tobacco products with characterising flavours is still in place and the ban includes shisha because it has flavour.

“I, therefore, urge the Consumer Protection Council and the law enforcement agencies to intensify arrest of defaulters.”

The Director-General of the CPC, Babatunde Irukera, said a committee had been set up to look into the issue of Shisha and other matters and further recommendations would be made soon.