The Local Government Association has declared new licensing system for Shisha bars after breaking the tobacco laws.
The Local Government Association is asking the government to renew the list of Shisha bars that can opt for licensing. The councils took this decision after the shisha bars allowed the customers for indoor smoking and allowed the eighteen year olds to smoke tobacco. The anti-smoking laws passed by the government fines the offenders up to 2, 500 euros. The outdated licensing system is the main cause for causing loopholes in the legal system.
The shisha bar owners are not taking any promising steps that can prevent the customers to break the laws and denying to take actions against the offenders. Currently, such bars do not require any license unless they are serving alcohol, any food items or serving the customers entertainment. This is the main cause as to why the number of shisha bars operating have tripled in these years. The council executives also pointed out that shisha was illegally imported and sold through secretive activities. Thus, in case these shisha bars apply for licenses, they can be effectively monitored and seizing any equipment due to breaching of tobacco laws. Such licensing system will also strengthen the operation of teams operating to maintain public health.
The British Heart Foundation suggests that shisha also contains the tobacco stuffed in conventional cigarettes that result in cardiovascular diseases, cancer and respiratory diseases. The Local Government Association has also identified a case in which the shisha bar owner was charged to pay 2, 255 euros by the Redbridge Council over the fact that customers were smoking indoors who were caught by two law enforcement officers on duty.