Shisha smoking health risks flagged up after Haringey raids

11:00 25 April 2012

Haringey Council has led a clampdown on cafes offering shisha pipe smoking.

Haringey Council has led a clampdown on cafes offering shisha pipe smoking.

Archant

Council officers are flagging up the health risks of smoking hookahs following a series of raids on shisha bars in the borough.

Police and officers from Haringey Council discovered illegally enclosed smoking shelters at one venue in Hornsey, which exposed staff and customers to second-hand smoke.

At another bar, they found illegally-imported tobacco worth more than £4,750, which was confiscated for unpaid duty.

Shisha pipes, where tobacco is smoked after being cooled when it is passed through water, can be far more harmful than cigarettes. The World Health Organisation estimates that someone smoking a shisha pipe for an hour inhales 100 times as much smoke as that from a single cigarette.

But many of the venues visited by officers did not display the health warnings required by law.

Cllr Nilgun Canver, Haringey’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Many young people use these pipes, often with fruit flavoured tobacco, and are completely unaware that they are inhaling something which is a risk to their health.

“That’s why it’s important that health warnings are displayed clearly. It’s imperative that people know what they are inhaling.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The capital saw a protest two weeks ago after the Tories were elected (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

As the Queen’s Speech marks the official formation of the Conservative government, anti-austerity protesters are planning to hold a demonstration in Trafalgar Square at 5pm this evening.

Monday, May 25, 2015
As TfL are taking over the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line, it will now appear on the Tube map.

Train services from Shenfield to London Liverpool Street will be run by TfL from May 31.

Monday, May 18, 2015
Your future Mayor? [Image from YouTube]

Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Ivan Massow, has transformed himself into a cartoon character in order to get the top job.

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Protestors are surrounded by police (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

All but one of 15 people arrested during a spontaneous anti-austerity protest against the new Tory government have been bailed, police said today.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Voters in Hampstead voted for Ronnie Carroll, who is dead (PA)

A total of 113 people voted for a parliamentary candidate who died four weeks before the election.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Ed Balls has lost his seat (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Ed Balls became the highest-profile casualty of a disastrous General Election performance for Labour, losing his seat to the Conservatives in a shock result. Twitter reacted to his demise...

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

Read more
The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more