Baiter Sehat focus on shisha and heart health

Published Wednesday 3 September 2014 at 17:11

Blackburn with Darwen’s Baiter Sehat health campaign will interview up to 200 shisha users about their attitudes to the habit this autumn, in what is expected to be one of the most comprehensive local studies into the subject to date.

One Voice, which is delivering Baiter Sehat in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, will also host five roadshow events aimed at shisha users, potential users and parents of shisha smokers. The events will involve the Council’s free stop smoking service, GPs, Lifeline and other agencies and will include advice on how to quit smoking.

Zaheer Mahmud, Operational Manager of the award-winning Baiter Sehat campaign, said: “In our research and focus groups we have found the issue of shisha smoking enveloping many angles. Therefore, we have taken the decision to carry out the research to understand the views of both users and non-users before providing our recommendations to the authorities.

“We are seeing more girls getting in to the habit of smoking shisha. We are also finding parents advocating shisha or hookah smoking and shisha bars are still flouting legal notices about their practices. We will be speaking to all these people during the course of our roadshows.”

The work is the latest in a series of Baiter Sehat projects. Research carried out by One Voice over the summer to understand why so few Asian heritage women attend community exercise sessions after suffering heart problems found that many women wanted ladies-only sessions.

Between April 2013 and March 2014, 33 women in Blackburn with Darwen were referred for cardiac rehabilitation but after an initial appointment only two went on to take part in exercise sessions – despite the fact that being inactive is a known health risk.

Blackburn GP Dr Pervez Muzaffar said: “Cardiac increases the quality of life, reduces anxiety and depression and improves control of symptoms. I urge all heart patients, especially women of Asian heritage to make sure they complete the cardiac rehabilitation programme to get the best possible outcome after a cardiac event.”

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If you would like support to quit smoking, contact Blackburn with Darwen Council’s free stop smoking service on 01254 587999 or email:

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