Shabana's campaign to improve the lot of residents living near to shisha bars took a step forward this week with a successful round table of residents, the police, academics, cllrs, and officers. There was widespread agreement that a new regulatory approach was required, which Shabana will now pursue int he House of Commons. The Council representatives also agreed to put together a formal strategy which will include a much needed overview an approach to deal with the damaging health risks that shisha poses.

 

MP Shabana Mahmood is leading a round table discussion in early March to help tackle problems relating to shisha bars. Shisha bars are on the up in Birmingham. From 3 in 2007 to 35 in 2016 – that's over a ten fold increase in less than 10 years. However unlike night clubs,  no single agency or statutory legislation regulates shisha activities. They can only be regulated by using rules created to deal with other problems like anti-smoke legislation.

Let's get resident led shisha neighbourhood rules on the books


Shisha is a way of smoking tobacco through a bowl and tube or hose and shisha bars are places where people go to smoke tobacco in this way. Shisha bars are on the up in Birmingham. From 3 in 2007 to 35 in 2016 – that's over a ten fold increase in less than 10 years.