The hookah pipe is a popular method of smoking tobacco. Originally from India, the tradition has spread around the world over several centuries as the world has become more and more of a global melting pot of cultures. Although the hookah is present in some form in most countries around the world, the laws surrounding their use can differ a good deal from country to country. This article will explain a brief breakdown of the major differences between hookah laws in different parts of the world.
In the United States, hookah lounges and bars were affected negatively by the introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and tobacco bans. Some hookah users and bars get around this by smoking an alternative tobacco substitute made from herbs. It is also possible for the proprietor of a hookah lounge to apply for a special permit that allows people to smoke on their premises. But generally speaking, there are not so many places now where you can find a hookah unless the bar is not specifically dedicated to hookah smoking. It is difficult for a bar owner to obtain a special permit if they have customers who are not there to smoke. There are also many people campaigning to make sure that the hookah lounges aren’t allowed to simply work their way around the new laws.