Bromley Council crackdown on young people smoking shisha pipes
PUBLISHED: 10:28 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:29 11 February 2014
Young people smoking shisha tobacco sparked Bromley Council into action, joining five other London boroughs and HMRC to crack down on its sale.
The tobacco is typically smuggled into the country to avoid taxes and duties, and can often be of unknown origin - meaning high profits for businesses, but high risks for the health of smokers.
It is smoked in water pipes, known as hookah pipes”, and is usually offered in cafes and bars.
Council public health teams are concerned that there are low levels of awareness among users of its dangers in terms of cancer and hear disease.
Cllr Tim Stevens, executive for public protection and safety, said: “Though incidence of the sale and use of shisha tobacco is relatively low in Bromley compared with other London boroughs, we thought it was important for our Trading Standards team in partnership with public health, to take part in this operation to send out a message that we will crack down on the sale of this and any kind of tobacco to young people.”