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Shush With Shisha Asks Council

The dangers of the big pipe exposed

Published on October 5th 2012.

Shush With Shisha Asks Council
YOUNG people in Manchester are being warned about the dangers of shisha smoking in a new campaign jointly run by Manchester City Council and the NHS in Manchester.

It aims to combat the misconception that smoking shisha is safer than cigarettes. The campaign also aims to make people aware that by smoking shisha in an enclosed public space  they are actually breaking the law and could be fined £50.

There are a number of common myths associated with smoking shisha. One is that people assume that because the tobacco is flavoured and passes through water first that it is not as dangerous as cigarettes. 

Starting on 8 October the campaign will run for eight weeks until December. The campaign will focus on raising awareness of the dangers and the health impact of shisha and will involve enforcement of the existing smoke free legislation.

There has been a phenomenal rise in the number of shisha bars in Manchester, with up to thirty springing up in the Rusholme/ Wilmslow Road area alone since 2009. This has coincided with a rise in the number of young people smoking shisha.

Councillor Glynn Evans, Manchester City Council’s executive member for Adults' Health and Wellbeing, said: "First and foremost we want to make people aware that smoking shisha is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes and is harmful to people's health. Many people are still unaware that shisha pipes actually contain tobacco as the use of herbs or fruit as flavourings masks the tobacco, so we want to give them the facts. We are concentrating our efforts in the Rusholme area because this is where the vast majority of bars are situated. We also want to remind anyone smoking shisha in an enclosed space that this is illegal and if they are found doing so they could be fined -  which is why we are working with our enforcement colleagues to get the message across as part of our campaign.”

There are a number of common myths associated with smoking shisha. One is that people assume that because the tobacco is flavoured and passes through water first that it is not as dangerous as cigarettes. However the carcinogens and nicotine are still there, with the added risk that you inhale more because it is smoked for longer than a cigarette.  There are also risks associated with second hand smoke posing a serious risk to the health of non-smokers.

Health professionals believe that regular shisha smokers can expect to be at risk of similar health problems that cigarette smokers face,  including respiratory problems, heart disease or cancer. And, as with other tobacco products it can be addictive. 

The Shisha Awareness Campaign will launch on Monday 8 October at 12-1pm at the Spicy Hut Restaurant, 35 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme M14 5TB. Staff from public health, adults' health and wellbeing, environmental services and councillors will be in attendance. 

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

UrbanefoxOctober 5th 2012.

Genuine Question. Are there any health issues associated with the foil which is used as a barrier between the charcoal and the tobacco?

2 Responses: Reply To This...
UrbanefoxOctober 5th 2012.

Sorry, re-read the question and thought it wasn't clear. The tinfoil barrier burns when you put the charcoal on it, I'm assuming you inhale some vapours from the burnt tinfoil.

Duke FameOctober 5th 2012.

I think it's best to cook up in a spoon first.

AnonymousOctober 5th 2012.

The aluminium vaporises?

MagnetoOctober 5th 2012.

That was the name of my first album: Aluminium Vaporises. The second was the called Unalloyed Stutters. Honestly look it up on YouTube

DavidOctober 5th 2012.

I don't smoke anything but these places are a God send in Manchester,where all the chain coffee shops and so called independents close by 8 pm.They often have free wifi and open till after midnight and are alternative for people who don't drink.I wish ewe could see some move from Rusholme to city centre.There is a demand for what they offer.Coffee shops in Morocco are always open till midnight.

MOctober 8th 2012.

People should know the risks of shisha smoking and the shisha bars should play by the rules in terms of smoking indoors. Clearly many do not. Hitting the punter with fines is not the way forward though. If Shisha bars are here to stay, bring in licensing to cover it; manage numbers and fine and revoke licenses from those who break the law. Like pubs, the owner should be made responsible for its customer.

I do think they add to the street scape though. In British culture where in evenings consist of getting pissed, eating out or going to the cinema, I quite welcome the option of something different.

They have something called Halookah in the Kyoto Lounge which apparently can be smoked legally inside and is healthier. Can't say I've tried it though. http://www.triplehalo.com/products/halooka/

Hookah PricesMarch 5th 2013.

It's good to read a hookah topic but more concerns on the health condition of smoking too much with it. People who loves <a href="shishahookahpipes.com">shisha pipes</a> should really know how to limit their smoking.

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