The indoor smoking ban North Carolina legislators recently adopted does not give a pass to hookah bars, where customers smoke flavored tobacco through a hookah, or water pipe.
Local hookah bars, which have grown in numbers in Wilmington during recent years, will have to figure out whether to modify to outdoor smoking or shut their doors when the new ban takes effect Jan.1, 2010.
The state law, which Gov. Bev Perdue signed May 18, 2009, prohibits smoking inside bars and restaurants.
Hookah bar owners did not get an exemption, something they are hoping could still happen before the end of the legislative session.
Cigar bars and private clubs, however, did get an exemption (see below for definition of private club).
Date posted: June 8, 2009
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