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Tanzania bans shisha smoking over concerns of links to drugs

TANZANIA HAS banned the smoking of shishas or water pipes over fears of links with alcohol or abuse.

The government said businesses in the country's biggest city, Dar es Salaam, were expected to stop shisha sales within the next seven days.

Shisha smoking has become increasingly popular with young people in Tanzania, according to the BBC.

But there has been growing concern that smoking the fruit-scented tobacco through a bowl and tube could be used to cover up alcohol or drug abuse.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is reported to have said that shisha smoking was killing future generations.

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