Kabul police and health officials continued to confiscate shisha water pipes and paraphernalia from the cafes and restaurants of the city on Wednesday.
Shisha cafes, where customers inhale fruit-flavored tobacco using pipes that draw the smoke through water, are popular public gathering spots for Afghan people. The officials, however, say they will not allow indoor smoking in restaurants of the capital Kabul.
Most of the restaurants in Kabul which were providing shishas to public, abandoned, said Bashir Ahmad Sarwari, the head of the mental health department at the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, adding there are fewer cafes that are still using it.
"Our future plans are to oversee the restaurants in Kabul like that and then spread the campaign to other provinces," Sarwari said.
The campaign of confiscating shisha water pipes and paraphernalia is being launched by the Health ministry, Kabul Municipality, he National Department of Environmental Protection and the National Police to avoid health damages and pollution in Kabul city.