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Five things about the City of Ottawa's proposed hookah ban

May 6, 2016

Smoking shisha akin to smoking cigarettes

Currently, the provincial smoke-free law only applies to tobacco – not substances like water pipes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers or cannabis. The province wants to prohibit these non-tobacco substances in public places and hookah cafes. Similar bans across the country have incited outrage by business owners, claiming the laws discriminate against Middle Eastern traditions. But the staff report notes “growing evidence” of the harms of herbal shisha to the general public.

Youth targeted in e-cigarette ban

Ottawa Public Health staff want to quash the “misperception” among youth aged 18 to 24 that smoking a tobacco water pipe is safer than a cigarette. The staff report says the use of water-pipe usage has tripled among those aged 18 and up over six years – from three per cent in 2006 to 10 per cent in 2012. Further, youth who used e-cigarettes were about three times more likely to start dragging on traditional smokes. The city could also start regular inspections of e-cigarette vendors to make sure they’re not selling to minors. Read more

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