Sunday, June 11th, 2006...6:51 pm

Laws Forbidding Hookah Smoking Differ

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Why is it that in some states you can puff away inside, and in others it is illegal? I spent much of the last two years in Arizona where you can sit inside and smoke all you want without a problem. The laws there don’t allow cigarettes inside, but they make an exception for hookahs. On the other hand, now that I’m in Poughkeepsie, New York, there aren’t really any hookah bars, and the one that is trying the take off… Zorona cafe in Arlington NY… can’t seem to get the city to OK it.

So, my question is, why the huge difference? I know state laws can be ignorant sometimes, but if you want to go into a hookah lounge, then you are taking your health in your own hands. Let people mandate themselves!

As a side note, there are some hookah bars in NYC that still allow smoking hookahs inside and just hope the health department doesn’t come around. I’d like to see that more often.

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