Exempt and not exempt from the smoking ban: "Hookah bars were not included in the exemptions that were granted to cigar bars under the smoking ban law. Cigar bars were defined as businesses that generate at least 60 percent of their quarterly revenues from the sale of alcoholic beverages and at least 25 percent of revenues from the sale of cigars.
"The law also exempts tobacco shops, which are defined as businesses that receive at least 75 percent of their annual revenues from the sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products and does not serve food or alcohol."
Plans at Hookah Bliss: "This is not so much about a lawsuit as about fighting a ticket on the grounds that the law is unfair," Bliss said. "We are not going to stop serving and we are not closed."
Very likely, they'll be closed, like it or not, very soon, unless a miracle occurs.
Regardless, the hookah shops seem as legitimate as the cigar shops where I can sit in a closed room and puff away while watching TV. However, I suspect more honorables smoke cigars than hookahs, giving the cigar shops a builtin lobby, and more likely, the honorables still associates hookahs with marijuana smoking.
Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States