DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Springboro hookah bar was busted and accused of selling alcohol to minors.
But, it begs the question, what is a hookah bar and is it legal?
We did some checking and it is perfectly legal. Businesses offer its customers the product at their table. It is often shared among friends.
According to the American Cancer Society, hookah is a flavored tobacco. It is smoked out of a ‘hookah’ water pipe. The tobacco is often called shisha which is a higher grade hookah with only molasses and flavoring added. It is a centuries old practice and most likely began in India.
The cancer society says although many people believe smoking hookah is a safe alternative to cigarette tobacco, it is not.
It says hookah smoke is similar to cigarette smoke in that it:
- contains significant amounts of cancer-causing ingredients such as arsenic, cobalt, chromium and lead.
- generates heart-disease-causing carbon monoxide in amounts equal to, or greater than, cigarette smoke.
- has the same addictive properties which can lead a hookah user to begin using cigarettes, or becoming a dual user of hookah and cigarettes
- hookah users may inhale more smoke than cigarette smokers, because hookah sessions often last an hour or more, during which hookah users will inhale not only the smoke from the hookah itself but also that of the others with whom they are smoking.
Hookah prices vary, but it usually costs around $8.00 to $10.00. We found at least four hookah lounges open for business around the Miami Valley, including the one in Springboro.