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Russia to ban hookah smoking in public

The bill, submitted by lawmakers from St. Petersburg, stipulates a fine of up to 1,500 rubles ($50) for individuals and up to 30,000 rubles for officials who smoke hookahs in public places. Smoking hookahs is becoming increasingly popular among the youth in Europe and the US. Hookahs, also known as shishas, are considered safer as smoke is filtered through water … Continue reading Continue reading

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Russia considers total ban on hookah

Russia’s hookahs lovers may soon be deprived of their beloved habit, as the country’s parliament is considering a bill on banning the smoky hobby in public places. The ban’s supporters say smoking hookahs is a hundred times more harmful than cigarettes. They also point out that the habit can spread tuberculosis and syphilis. The Russian government is also working on … Continue reading

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Hookah ban starts today in Utah

The Utah Health Department’s Indoor Clean Air Act went into effect, September 12, 2011. This law’s goal is to eliminate the exposure to secondhand smoke in indoor public places. Areas such as worksites, restaurants, and health care settings are already required to be smoke-free spaces. The Utah Indoor Clean Air Act (UICAA) creates a greater number of places that are … Continue reading

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Are Hookah Bars Illegal?

However, you might be surprised to know that many hookah bars are, in fact, operating illegally under state, county, and/or city laws. With smoking laws varying between jurisdictions and local governments strapped for cash, the “legality” of hookah bars is a complicated question that ultimately depends on enforcement. To begin, as a tobacco-based smoke, hookah is regulated by laws that … Continue reading

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Hookah no more?

The business model of a large proportion of Moscow bars is under threat as a proposed government ban on smoking promises to wipe out one of the most popular items on Moscow menus – the hookah pipe. The bill proposed last week by the Health and Social Development Ministry would ban smokers from all public places by 2015, with no … Continue reading

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