80% of shisha smoked in the country is laced with cocaine and other narcotics.
NACADA’s John Mututho says they sampled 300 shisha brands and found significant traces of cocaine. He says vendors deliberately lace the product to hook customers and make more sales.
Meanwhile, women living with husbands who smoke have a higher mortality rate compared to their counterparts with non-smoking husbands, as they’re more exposed to secondhand smoke.
Joseph Kibachio from the non-communicable diseases division adds that for every shilling the government receives as revenue from the tobacco industry, we use 3 shillings for medical expenses for the effects of smoking.