Shisha use is growing among young people
Many of today’s children are tomorrow’s victims of tobacco. Tobacco use, which generally starts during adolescence, is rising among young people. Addiction to nicotine ensures that many continue to use tobacco into adulthood.
Tobacco use among young people age 13–15 around the world is increasing. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 14% of boys and 9% of girls currently use tobacco products other than cigarettes, including shisha and smokeless tobacco; making this the Region with the second highest rate in the world of girls’ use of tobacco products other than cigarettes.
Young people need to be empowered with information about the harmful effects of tobacco use, their right to live in a smoke-free environment and be provided with cessation services.
Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control can protect young people against the harms of tobacco use. Article 16 specifically addresses the prohibition of the sale of tobacco products to legal minors.