New University of Bolton students warned to stay off the shisha at freshers' fair
FRESHERS at Bolton University are being warned about the dangers of smoking shisha as part of a new campaign led by Bolton health chiefs.
The campaign — launched yesterday by Bolton Council’s environmental health and public health departments — aims to highlight the health risks associated with shisha pipe smoking.
Shisha is a way of smoking fruit flavoured tobacco through a water pipe and has become popular amongst young people in the past decade.
As with cigarettes, it is illegal to smoke shisha indoors in an enclosed public space, and smokers could face a £50 if caught.
Campaigners from public health, Bolton’s stop smoking service and Bolton CVS were out in force at The University of Bolton’s freshers’ fair to chat to students about the risks.
Cllr Sufrana Bashir Ismail, cabinet member for public health said: “It’s very important that they know about the damage they could do to their health.
“I think some young people see as different to a normal cigarette because of the all the flavouring, the shisha pipe and the social aspect.
“But that’s all a masquerade because shisha is more harmful than cigarettes. I really think shisha bars should be banned for the risk they pose to people’s health.”
According to a new study from the World Health Organisation, people smoking shisha in a one hour session are exposed to 100 to 200 times the smoke inhaled from a normal cigarette.
Students at the freshers’ event were also given information about alcohol, smoking, and safe sex.
More information about shisha is available here.
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