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Health chiefs’ concerns on shisha growth

24 February, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

ACADEMICS, health officials and council chiefs have met to look at the dangers of shisha smoking.

Westminster Council leader Nickie Aiken and Cllr Heather Acton were joined by Birmingham City Council representatives at a shisha symposium at the Victory Services Club on Wednesday. They talked about how they could raise awareness of the harm caused at a time when more and more shisha cafés are opening-up in the borough.

Cllr Acton, cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “We know there’s been an increase in the number of shisha venues in Westminster, elsewhere across London, and indeed nationally. It is particularly popular among younger people, many of whom are completely unaware of the health risks. We need to consider how to increase awareness of the public health concerns and ensure premises offering shisha are operating responsibly.”

As shisha is usually smoked for a much longer period of time than a cigarette the smoke can cause as much, if not more, damage it is feared.


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