Drug fear over Israeli pipes
parentsareconcernedthatyoungsters returning from Israel with water pipes meant for smoking fruit tobacco are using them to smoke cannabis.
the nargila is a common sight in Israeli cafes and a popular souvenir for young British visitors.
the smoke, passed through water, comes from fruit- or mint-flavoured tobacco, heated by coals on top.
However, parents have approached the Manchester Jewish Federation with fears that the pipes are being used for other substances.
as a result, the Federation has asked natalie Dodd from drugs counselling service eclypse to address a drugsawareness evening for parents.
the Federation’s rochelle Broman said: “a lot of youngsters are bringing them back in innocence, but there is a concern about what this is sometimes leading to. some people are finding that the fruit tobacco after a while does not have such an effect and are going on to harder things.”
Drugsline, the London-based charity run by Chabad, pointed out that nargilas have been linked to mouth cancer and other health dangers.
“Most young people bring nargila pipes home from overseas visits innocently and without bad intentions,” said team leader Darren Gold.
“However, even smoking fruit-flavoured tobacco can be damaging to the body.”
Federation of Zionist Youth national director Jonathan Bunt said the movement maintained “a stringent policy on smoking paraphernalia, making it against the rules of Israel tours [for 16year-olds] to use them or bring them back”.
Nargila pipes are intended for smoking fruit tobacco