Kenya’s tourism minister ‘criticises’ shisha ban

shishaA Kenyan minister has criticised the government’s ban on the smoking of water-pipe tobacco, commonly known as shisha, in public places.

Tourism Minister NajibBalala is quoted as saying that the move was “miscalculated”, and will harm the economy, Kenya’s privately owned Daily Nation newspaper has tweeted.

Kenya’s health ministry announced the ban in December, citing health concerns.

The ministry said that violators of the ban would be held liable for a minimum fine of $490 ( £346) or imprisonment of up to six months.

MrBalala condemned the National Environment Agency for shutting clubs, where shisha is smoked, rather than “regulating issues”, the Daily Nation reported.

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