Recent statistics indicate that the use of water pipe tobacco smoking also known as “shisha” is more prevalent among females on University of Ghana campus than males.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive Radio Univers’ Morning Show, the founder of Jae Shi Youth Initiative, Mr. Ampomah Isaac revealed that girls (from age 13-16) are dominant smokers of Shisha in the country.
“…generally in Ghana (for the youth), the (tobacco) product that is growing very fast is the Shisha. On that, when they checked (its use) on Campus, it is very high especially among females.
The statistics that the FDA brought this year was that girls are higher in tobacco addiction with 1.7 (rising) percentage whiles boys are with 0.4 percent. (The age range is) 13-16 Years of age so imagine on Campus that we have these grown-ups here. It’s worse!” Mr. Ampomah remarked.
The founder of Jai Shi Initiative, a body on campus dedicated to educating and sensitizing the youth on effects and dangers of tobacco products, also pointed out that lots of youth were ignorant about waterpipe smoking.
Many are of the view that Shisha is not deadly. Majority of youth even describe themselves as not “smokers” but only active “shisha-users”.
These assertions were debunked by Mr. Ampomah Isaac who explained that at the very least, shisha brands have tags indicating that they are injurious to one’s health (just as cigarettes and other smoking products).
He urged more students on campus to volunteer with such social projects as all would be affected in one way or another.
Health Risks associated with tobacco use include Cancer, stroke, heart-related diseases, bad breath and premature facial wrinkles.
Story: Piesie N. Safo|universnewsroom.com