Department of Health holds public hearing for proposed hookah ban

Updated: 6/06 9:06 pm | Published: 6/06 9:00 pm

Hookah smoking (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
Hookah smoking (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Opposition to a proposed ban on hookahs had a chance to address the Utah Department of Health Monday evening.

The proposal would make establishments that offer the water-pipes go up in smoke.

Hookahs are a type of pipe that features smoke, typically flavored, filtered through water.  

Nathan Proter, one of the seven owners of Huka Bar in Murray said people are clearly opting to be around the hookah smoke.

Proter said in the public hearing, people have a choice to go into the bar and banning this type of smoking would put him out of business.

Davis and Utah Counties both already have hookah bans on the books.

Health officials say the secondhand smoke from hookahs are just as dangerous as the smoke from other tobacco products and should be regulated in a similar fashion.

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