Since the introduction of the smokefree legislation in 2007 a consistently high level of compliance has been achieved. However, a key area of non-compliance emerged from a significant number of shisha businesses.
Shisha businesses are specifically established to accommodate the smoking of flavoured tobacco using a waterpipe. This being the case, there were early warning signs of non-compliance with many owners maintaining that the smokefree legislation would likely lead to the closure of their businesses.
The overall aim of the project was to provide local authority regulatory officers with information and best practice guidelines to support their work in securing compliance from shisha establishments. It also aimed to increase knowledge of shisha and its use, and to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking shisha so that officers are equipped to communicate effectively with shisha business owners and users.
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