Tanzania has joined the list of African countries that have banned the import, manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol contained in plastic bags.
The government announced the ban on Wednesday (March 1, 2017), with the dual objective of protecting youth and the environment.
The decision, which has been announced for several months, “comes into force on Wednesday 1 March in all provinces,” Environment Minister Jan Makamba said in a statement.
These small sachets containing all kinds of alcoholic drinks pollute the environment because they are thrown away after consumption. They are also a public health problem, as they are very consumed by young people.
Easily concealed in pockets of trousers or school bags, they easily enter classrooms. In some schools, one can see young students “suck”, between two courses, bags of 50 milliliters.