The smoking ban set to go in effect on July 1 includes the smoking of shisha.

There are now an estimated 600 cafes, lounges and nightclubs across the UK and even dedicated British music acts and DJ collectives with names such as Shisha Sound System. Between 30,000 and 40,000 people come to Edgware Road to smoke shisha every week.

A “smoking license” would help consumers determine where they want to spend their money. Establishments could apply to be smoking-only and take their chances at a drop in business. Doubt that would happen if your business is selling shisha.

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