England - Shisha bars still open if comply with the smokefree legislation..

July 9, 2009 - From Action on Smoking and Health - United Kingdom (UK, Britain) some shisha bars Shisha bars (argileh nargile, hubble-bubble, water pipe, hooka, shisha, goza, meassel, hookah) remain open in England but they have to comply with the smokefree legislation (begun in July 1,2007). This means that they can only offer the waterpipes for use outdoors. Most of the cafes have some kind of terrace or space outside, often covered with an awning.

However, there has been some debate as to whether these spaces fall within the scope of the law. Basically it places are more than 50% enclosed they are covered by the law and smoking is prohibited.

Reference: Shisha smoking guidance 'needed', BBC News Channel, 7/1/2009.

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