KOTA BARU: The Kota Baru Municipal Council has banned all food outlets here from allowing shisha smoking at their premises with immediate effect.
Its secretary Mohd Anis Hussein said this was provided for under local licensing by-laws.
“Enforcement action will be taken against outlets not heeding the ban,” he told Bernama here on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Kelantan mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad said the state fatwa council was awaiting a ruling on the matter from the National Fatwa Council so that there could be uniformity in all states.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced in 2007 that a single session of smoking shisha yielded a nicotine intake equivalent to more than one pack of cigarettes.
It said shisha smoke retained all the carcinogens of cigarette smoke while adding more carbon monoxide and a separate set of carcinogens from the use of burning coals to keep the nicotine flowing, coupled with the risk of infection with tuberculosis or hepatitis from shared mouthpieces.