"Want to put away the cigarettes and talk with some interesting people? Go to a hookah bar, says Aaron Alu as he takes a leisurely puff from a glass water pipe at the Mirage Coffeehouse and Hookah Lounge in Long Beach, Calif.
Apple-scented smoke drifts in the air as the police officer looks around genially. "I get to talk to people here that I otherwise wouldn't ever get to know." One patron looks up from her laptop and nods in agreement. "I'm sure it's not great for you," Alu adds, "but it got me to quit smoking cigarettes." "
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