Seventeen percent of students in Kuwait are smokers, according to the most recent Ministry of Health statistics. The recent figures also show that the smoking rate among the population’s male domain reached 24.5 percent, while it reached one percent among females. As to shisha (hookah) smoking, its spread is estimated at 2.2 percent among men and 0.2 among women, the statistics show.
Meanwhile, Faisal Ali Al-Mutawaa, Chairman of the Kuwait Heart Foundation (KHF), warned that shisha smoking is increasing among the youth, and added that this practice is one of the main causes of cardiac diseases. He also warned that shisha, particularly those used at public cafes, turn into disease transmitters.
The KHF called in a statement yesterday on the occasion of the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day for abstention from smoking and enacting stricter law against smoking at public places. It quoted recent Health Ministry statistics which further show that the number of smokers per day has reached 0.5 percent among men. They also show that 4.3 percent of males in Kuwait smoke on non-daily basis, compared to 0.9 percent among females.