The Islamists authority in Dhobley town at the border between Somalia and Kenya Sunday announced a total prohibition of miraa (khat) chewing and cigarette smoking in the area.
Area residents have consequently been ordered to refrain from trading in both commodities.
The authority of the area, which is next to the Kenyan town of Liboi, has also outlawed all kinds of drugs and warned of heavy punishment against any kind of defiance.
Mr Tayib Mohamed, the top Islamist official in the area, emphasised the seriousness of his administration in enforcing the ban on khat, cigarettes and any substance containing drugs.
“We shall take stringent measures against anybody attempting to challenge the law,” said Mr Mohamed, briefing the media.
Dhobley has been the transit point for the khat consignments from Kenya.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, the spokesman and militia leader of Al-Shabaab, has condemned the kidnapping of humanitarian workers in Somalia.
He made the remarks after talking to civil society activists, community leaders and aid officials in Baidoa, the former seat of Somalia’s Transitional Federal parliament that is currently ruled by Al-Shabaab movement.
Sheikh Abu Mansur was reacting to a recent kidnapping of UN officials in Wajid district in Bakol region.