Shisha pipe warning from health official in West Midlands
Paul Hooper, former tobacco policy manager for the Department of Health West Midlands, and now at Warwickshire Primary Care Trust, said the carbon monoxide levels in shisha pipes were so high that smokers were subjecting themselves to the same effect as “sniffing nike cr7 sale a car exhaust,
He gave the example of a pregnant Birmingham woman whose carbon monoxide levels were “through the roof” AFTER she had been helped by health workers to give up smoking cigarettes.
Mr Hooper was commenting after GPs in Leicester said they were seeing an increase in teenagers with health problems linked to shisha pipe smoking.
Leicester’s Primary Care Trust said the increase in pipe use, which involves burning fruit flavoured tobacco, was among 15 to 24yearolds.
Mr Hooper said: “In 2007, when the smokefree law came in, you would have thought that the use of shisha pipes would have decreased. In fact, they have nike cr7 sale increased dramatically, and that causes concerns for a number of reasons.
“People who use shisha pipes, either culturally or because of fashion, believe it to be a safe method of smoking, but that is fundamentally not true.
“It cools the smoke slightly but doesn’t take out any of the impurities and you actually breathe it deeper into the lungs.
“And the levels of carbon monoxide are very high, equal to 30100 cigarettes in just one sitting. People often come out feeling dizzy, which isn’t surprising as you can get the same effect by sniffing a car exhaust.
“We have come across a pregnant woman in Birmingham who we had helped to quit smoking but we then found her carbon monoxide levels were through the real nike hypervenom roof shockingly high.
Mr Hooper said there nike cr7 sale was a further risk of users contracting tuberculosis or herpes from a contaminated pipe.
“We are taking action in Birmingham and Coventry by adopting a taskforce approach to look at premises from the point of view of health and safety, smokefree regulations, and trading, he added.
A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said they had similar issues to Leicester with shisha pipes.
She said the tobacco control partnership was working through regulatory services by enforcing the law and doing education on premises and underage smoking of shisha pipes, social marketing on the health effects, and targeting shisha users as well as cigarette smokers for quitting.
“Some specific shisha user materials have been produced and campaigns run as there is still a lot of misconception that shisha is safer than tobacco inhaled directly, the spokesman added nike cr7 sale real nike hypervenom.