In view of the health risks associated with shish smoking, and to prevent the proliferation and entrenchment of shish smoking in Singapore, the popular tobacco will be banned in Singapore from November.
Existing licenced tobacco importers and retailers in the trade will be allowed to continue their trade until 31st July 2016.
According to the National Health Survey 2010, 7.8% of young adults aged 18-29 smoke shish occasionally.
Students who used this form of alternative tobacco had increased from 2% in 2009 to 9% in 2012.
“Shisha is seen as ‘cool’ amongst a younger age group and its use is increasing amongst this age group. Cigarette-use on the other hand has been dropping steadily over the years, and especially with the younger age groups.” said business owner Calvin Cheng on his Facebook page.
Arab Street will be a very different place come 2016.