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Morocco is preparing to increase taxes on waterpipes, commonly known as “shisha” and electronic cigarettes over concerns for public health.

Morocco’s Finance and Economic Development Committee reportedly approved the new round of taxes on Wednesday following a vote. The tax means that for every kilo of shisha smoking material, consumers would have to pay MAD 675 ($63).

To impose the new tax, the government first voted to introduce an amendment to the Finance Bill of 2023 that aims to extend the tax base to include shisha without tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.