Exception To Smoking Ban Ok'd By NC House Panel

Establishments where patrons smoke tobacco using a water pipe could remain open in North Carolina in legislation heading to the full House.
A judiciary committee Tuesday evening narrowly approved a bill
to allow hookah bars open as of July 1 to keep selling after a new
smoking ban in bars and restaurants takes effect next year.

A hookah consists of a bowl connected to a vase of water with a
tube and mouthpiece. The tobacco sits inside the bowl and is heated
by charcoal, producing a vapor to be inhaled.

Rep. Cullie Tarleton said otherwise lawful hookah bars should be
able to keep operating. He said about 20 such bars exist in the
state, mostly in college towns.

Cigar bars already will be exempt from the smoking ban.


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  • by greenback Location: nc on Jul 29, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    hmmmm, never tried tobacco n a "water pipe" whats that like?
  • by Sam on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM
    Well, atleast 2 out of the three HOOKAH BARS in Greenville have closed. This won't matter soon when the third one goes under.
  • by ME Location: WASHINGTON on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    What country do "water pipe" come from? Who uses them the most?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 29, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    1234, what difference does it make? This bill had the purpose of government control over its people. Thats you and me. So, with the soda, fast food taxes comeing, hey, there are a lot of overweight people out there, they used this ban on freedom for future legislation. So, if you are overweight, forget about buffets and fast food, your healthcare police will go after you. People don't understand that empowering the feds and going along with smoking bans gives them the right to go after anybody based on what they think is healthy. OK, I run a lot, history shows that runners have problems with knees and feet. So, they can tell me I cannot run since it is not good for my health now? Well, you said it was OK to go after health related freedoms. This new law, just like the casinos in New Jersey, put a lot of business owners out of work.
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    Smoking or NON-smoking is irrelvent. You still smell it everywhere in the restuarant regardless of where oyu are sitting. I can sit on MY back porch and smell my NEIGHBORS cigarette smoke. Also, cigar bars are exempt becasue they are just that, cigar bars. They don't have alcohol and food and such. Just cigars.
  • by 1234 on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    soo why are cigar bars exempt? they are just as harmful as cigarettes and smell worse!
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:04 PM
    Ok, next thing to ban is whining and crying kids. Cause they are more annoying than smokers, and disturb your meal more than a smoker. Whatever happen to asking someone smoking or non-smoking?
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