Tobacco Enforcement focuses on shisha bars

News Sep 17, 2009 Ancaster News

The City of Hamilton's Public Health Services Tobacco Control Enforcement Team has started a proactive enforcement initiative targeted toward shisha bars.

Shisha bars are relatively new to Hamilton and provide hookah pipes for patron smoking. Although non-tobacco blends of aromatic herbs are what is claimed to be used, concerns have been raised both locally and in other communities that tobacco blends are actually being smoked.

"When concerns were raised about shisha bars in Hamilton we began inspecting these establishments," said Dr. Ninh Tran, Hamilton's Associate Medical Officer of Health. "Unlike licensed tobacco vendors who have regular inspections, these establishments are new for our inspectors. Even in our first round of inspections, charges were laid."

Inspections conducted jointly by Hamilton Public Health Services and Ontario Ministry of Revenue tobacco inspectors at two local shisha bars revealed violations of the Smoke Free Ontario Act and a total of five charges were laid. To report concerns, call 905- 546-CITY (2489).

Tobacco Enforcement focuses on shisha bars

News Sep 17, 2009 Ancaster News

The City of Hamilton's Public Health Services Tobacco Control Enforcement Team has started a proactive enforcement initiative targeted toward shisha bars.

Shisha bars are relatively new to Hamilton and provide hookah pipes for patron smoking. Although non-tobacco blends of aromatic herbs are what is claimed to be used, concerns have been raised both locally and in other communities that tobacco blends are actually being smoked.

"When concerns were raised about shisha bars in Hamilton we began inspecting these establishments," said Dr. Ninh Tran, Hamilton's Associate Medical Officer of Health. "Unlike licensed tobacco vendors who have regular inspections, these establishments are new for our inspectors. Even in our first round of inspections, charges were laid."

Inspections conducted jointly by Hamilton Public Health Services and Ontario Ministry of Revenue tobacco inspectors at two local shisha bars revealed violations of the Smoke Free Ontario Act and a total of five charges were laid. To report concerns, call 905- 546-CITY (2489).

Tobacco Enforcement focuses on shisha bars

News Sep 17, 2009 Ancaster News

The City of Hamilton's Public Health Services Tobacco Control Enforcement Team has started a proactive enforcement initiative targeted toward shisha bars.

Shisha bars are relatively new to Hamilton and provide hookah pipes for patron smoking. Although non-tobacco blends of aromatic herbs are what is claimed to be used, concerns have been raised both locally and in other communities that tobacco blends are actually being smoked.

"When concerns were raised about shisha bars in Hamilton we began inspecting these establishments," said Dr. Ninh Tran, Hamilton's Associate Medical Officer of Health. "Unlike licensed tobacco vendors who have regular inspections, these establishments are new for our inspectors. Even in our first round of inspections, charges were laid."

Inspections conducted jointly by Hamilton Public Health Services and Ontario Ministry of Revenue tobacco inspectors at two local shisha bars revealed violations of the Smoke Free Ontario Act and a total of five charges were laid. To report concerns, call 905- 546-CITY (2489).