First, lets establish one fact. Shisha is classified as tobacco but only flavoured to make it appealing or let’s say attractive to young people.

And the Federal Ministry of Health is no more falling for the trick.

They say they are working with all relevant organisations to ban flavored tobacco, including `Shisha’ to protect children from getting enticed with the product across the country.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made the remarks while briefing newsmen in commemoration of 2018 World No Tobacco Day on Monday.


He said that tobacco, whether Shisha, cigar or cigarette, is harmful to the health, and the ministry was working hard towards an eventual ban of the product in the country.

Adewole added that people import tobacco under a different brand called `Shisha’, saying that flavored tobacco was not acceptable in Nigeria.

The plan against it outlines education, enforcement and monitoring for compliance, including the ban on sale of tobacco products to and by anyone below 18 years of age, among others.

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The 2018 World No Tobacco Day has “Tobacco and Heart Disease” as its theme and the slogan is “Tobacco Breaks the Heart – Choose Health, Not Tobacco”.

The theme and slogan highlight the link between the use of tobacco products and heart and other cardiovascular diseases.

It called for increased awareness on the impact of tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke on cardiovascular health.