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Curb urged on East Lancashire shisha bars that flout the law
4:28pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
LANCASHIRE County Council has joined local authorities across England in calling on the government to clamp down on shisha bars that flout smoke-free laws.
Smoking shisha tobacco is growing in popularity and there has been a 210% increase in the number of bars in five years.
It is estimated the nicotine inhaled from a half-hour shisha session is equivalent to five cigarettes.
These concerns have led the county to join local authorities, including Blackburn with Darwen, in pressing health minister Anna Soubry for measures including:
- Increased penalties for owners of shisha bars who flout the smoke-free legislation.
- Compulsory licensing of premises selling tobacco.
Pendle county councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health, said: “Shisha bars present a new challenge. The smoke from shisha is very concentrated and can be much more powerful than cigarette smoke. Shisha is also very popular with young people.”
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