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Shisha is usually a tobacco product which is often mixed with fruit shavings and molasses to give it a sweet smell and taste.
The shisha is placed in an ornate water pipe and inhaled through a tube. The origins of shisha are not known, with India and Persia claiming to have invented the process many hundreds of years ago. Shisha is also known as hubbly bubbly, nargile pipe, hookah and sheesha.
Shisha has always been popular in Arab countries and the Asian sub-continent, but in recent years has grown in popularity in western cultures, including Britain.
An aluminium foil covers the bowl and small charcoal pieces are then placed on the foil, which is punctured using a pin to gently heat the tobacco.
When smoked using the hose, cool, sweet-smelling smoke is filtered through the base containing water.
Busting the myths frequently asked questions (on the documents section of this page) gives further information on the Council’s position regarding the Smokefree laws and Shisha. It explains that the laws apply to all situations where smoking takes place in substantially enclosed premises.
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