More regulations in store for BK hookah cafes

The Bay Ridge Community Board says it plans to crack down on hookah cafes in the area.The board says because of a loophole in the

BAY RIDGE - The Bay Ridge Community Board says it plans to crack down on hookah cafes in the area.

The board says because of a loophole in the Smoke-Free Air Act, hookah cafes are flourishing and encouraging teenagers to smoke.

Hookahs are water-filtered pipes used to smoke dried fruits and herbs. In order to get hookah service at a cafe, you must show proper ID.

Hookah cafe managers say the complaint is a bunch of hot air and that most shisha smoked in hookahs doesn't contain tobacco or contains very little.

Community Board 10 members say because of complaints from the community they voted unanimously for a measure that would toughen regulations for hookah cafes.

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