Smoking ‘shisha’ – tobacco or herbal products – through a waterpipe is becoming very fashionable amongst young people. In the last few years it expanded from a ‘traditional’ pastime generally confined to a few ethnic communities, to a much more widespread activity that attracts young people from all communities.
There are many myths about shisha smoking – in reality it has similar dangers to other forms of smoking. Please see the Shisha Facts document below.
Is it legal?
Running a shisha business can be done legally, but there are a lot of issues to consider. Trading Standards will advise on and enforce the law relating to the legality of the product; sales of tobacco products to under 18s; and the warnings required to be displayed. However, there are also likely to be issues faced by shisha business regarding the legality of smoking shelters; planning permission; health and safety requirements; and noise issues.
Please see our guidance sheet for shisha businesses below and feel free to contact us if you are considering starting a shisha business.