Updated 10/25/2010 10:35 AM
Brooklyn Lawmaker Wants To Include Hookah Bars In Smoking Ban
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A Brooklyn lawmaker is trying to extend the city’s indoor smoking ban to hookah bars.
City Councilman Vincent Gentile is expected to introduce a bill this week that would add all non-tobacco smoking products – including the legal herbal smoke – to the city's ban.
Gentile argues hookah smoke, containing tar and carbon monoxide, is just as dangerous as cigarette smoke.
Under the proposal, no new hookah bars would be allowed to open beginning in 2012.
Existing hookah bars would be required to register with the New York City Department of Health, and would not be allowed to expand or change locations.