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After public hearing council is exploring exemptions to smoking by-law

2007-09-20 18:38:03

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"If you're a Muslim, the Koran prohibits you from alcohol and the hundreds of bars that are off limits to you. To Canadians of middle east heritage the hookah lounge is their bar, it is their social gathering and meeting place, especially for young people."

From my understanding the Qur'an forbids you from drinking and it also forbids you from smoking which includes Hookah.
Not only that but I'm sure these same Muslims go to non-bars that serve alchohol such as most restaurants (including Family restaurants) and most public gatherings including Hockey Games etc...

There is no religious argument for exempting these Hookah bars from Vancouver's anti-smoking law.

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After public hearing council is exploring exemptions to smoking by-law
Sep, 20 2007 - 2:40 PM

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - Vancouver city council is looking at changes to its new health by-law that would effectively ban smoking in the city.

As of April 1st, smokers would be under a proviso not to smoke within six metres of the patio, entryway or window of a public building.

Hookah lounges and cigar store smoking rooms would also have closed under the new rules, but after hearing from the public today council is exploring exemptions.

Wayne Ryan appealed to city council on the basis of the hookah's cultural significance.

"If you're a Muslim, the Koran prohibits you from alcohol and the hundreds of bars that are off limits to you. To Canadians of middle east heritage the hookah lounge is their bar, it is their social gathering and meeting place, especially for young people."

While exploring those exemptions, city council is moving to close a loophole that would have allowed smoking in vehicles for hire, like cabs.

A re-draft of the by-law will come back to council in two weeks.


 

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