Environmental health experts have backed up a charity’s concerns about the rise in shisha cafes.
A British Heart Foundation (BHF) study last week said the number of shisha houses in Preston had tripled in the last five years, with three currently known to the city council.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) today echoed the BHF’s concerns about the health risks of shisha, which involves smokers inhaling flavoured tobacco through exotic waterpipes.
Ian Gray, CIEH principal policy officer, said: “Our members are growing increasingly concerned at the rising numbers of commercially operated shisha bars which are both providing and promoting shisha smoking.
“While our primary concern is to ensure that the operators of these establishments comply with the law, we are also concerned that people smoking shisha need to be properly informed about the risks.
“We welcome the fact that the health dangers associated with shisha smoking will be highlighted today on National No Smoking Day.”
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