Wayne Gretzky's Hookah Lounge....

I received an e-mail from a reader asking why Hookah lounges in his city are legal while smoking in all other public places is illegal in our fair province. He provided me the following response provided by the Ontario Lung Association:

"Dear X....

"I am following up on a conversation you had with Chris, one of our helpline staff.  Unfortunately, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act does not specifically cover hookah/shisha bars or cafes.  The law covers smoking tobacco in bars and restaurants but many of these bars are claiming that what is being smoked is not tobacco, it is herbal.  The problem comes when enforcement officers go out, they can't actually figure out whether people are smoking tobacco or "herbal ingredients", so they cannot lay charges.  We suspect that most of what people are smoking in these bars is tobacco, but there is little ability to prove it.  We have advocated along with many provincial organizations that the law needs to be amended to include these venues and the kinds of things being smoked.

Please let me know if you have any questions."

So what do they smoke in Hookah's? Who better to ask than Pot Heads er Medical Marijauna Advocates;)

"It depends on what country you live in. In the US, many people find the illegal substance that you noted as being wasted in a hookah. However, you can find several hundreds of the tobaccos that you’re questioning. It’s usually tobacco, with no additives [unlike cigarettes] meaning no tar, and very very little nicotine. [Usually around .04 %] The tobacco is called “shisha” and can be flavored to taste like nearly anything." Well that's Handy!

Sportsbars your time has come....how better to recover lost revenue?

The Flea  – (10:36 AM)  

The trouble with the way your reader has framed his question is that the only nanny-state answer is to ban hookah bars, rather than lift the ban on smoking pipes, cigars and cigarettes.

Blazing Cat Fur  – (10:43 AM)  

Well effectively there is no ban if one smokes from a Hookah;)

Clink  – (11:00 AM)  

It's Hookah Night In Canada!

Simeon (Sam) George Drakich  – (12:06 PM)  

Recently I visited a client who lit up a hookah then proceeded to place betel seeds on the pucks o tobacco.
Yeah so much healthier than a cigarette.

Rose  – (1:25 PM)  

Bad for the hooker business really what if some under cover cop is asked for the services of a Hookah and they think they mean hooker??

Blazing Cat Fur  – (1:31 PM)  

Or if you have a Brooklyn accent you might end up with a Happy Ending after which you may really crave a smoke;)

Bob Almighty  – (2:02 PM)  

Oh well, I think we should just let them keep doing it.

Rose  – (2:50 PM)  

Ha ha good point Blaze.

Al the Fish  – (4:52 PM)  

BCF, with the approval of a medical practitioner, you could open up Blazing "Khat" Fur's Hookah Lounge and be on the leading edge of the trend.

Winston  – (7:42 AM)  

What is Tobacco? A rock? LOL!

Winston  – (1:18 AM)  

What is Tobacco? A rock? LOL!

Simeon (Sam) George Drakich  – (1:18 AM)  

Recently I visited a client who lit up a hookah then proceeded to place betel seeds on the pucks o tobacco.
Yeah so much healthier than a cigarette.

varditz –   – (10:28 AM)  

Guess Muslims are off the hookah yet once again!

Blazingcatfur –   – (10:32 AM)  

Ba Dump Bump..

Mainlander –   – (12:57 PM)  

Wow. They can't "figure out" what is being smoked! What an idiotic country we have become.

Blazingcatfur –   – (1:24 PM)  

Yup the worst sort of PC nutty.

DaninVan –   – (5:34 PM)  

If the  patrons are there specifically to smoke then one could make the argument that Big Brother is getting a little too intrusive...what's the difference between the Hookah lounge and a cigar club?
On the other hand, if they're talking about the dudes at the next table in a restaurant firing up then, yeh, who cares what's in the pipe. The tobacco part is a red herring. 'No Smoking' means 'No F**king Smoking'.

Vlad Tepesblog –   – (11:01 PM)  

There is so much wrong with this whole thing it can't be dealt with all in a comment. I have been posting on this for years. Our government has actually made our own culture illegal, you know the culture we had, where we would go to bars, drink beer, watch hockey and try and meet girls. This was in fact Canadian culture. Then we were told that we didn't really have one only French people and foreigners did, and then ours was made illegal.

So this is what I suggest:

An enterprising Muslim or Arab will sue health canada for hundreds of millions of dollars for not protecting their community the way they do 'white-Canadians' by allowing Arabs to smoke and be exposed to second hand smoke. The suit would be a shoe in. They would have to win or the government would have to admit that there was no danger to second hand smoke and lift the ban. 

Now while that may not sound like much of a victory, I would at least enjoy the government bureaucrats pain for a while as they dealt with it.

Blazing, I suggest you delete this post before too many Muslims read it. Someone is going to do it, and I'm not so sure they shouldn't. Different laws for different people is a recipe for civil war. It may as well start in the courts.

Blazingcatfur –   – (11:08 PM)  

It's already started, the HRC's readily persecute Christians while ignoring blatant hate mongering by Muslim Imam's.

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