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Old April 17th, 2010, 10:28 PM
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Default Hookah in Public? (Portland/Beaverton, OR)

I've always wondered whether is legal to smoke a hookah in public, seeing as its only tobacco.

But I'm having second thoughts on it. I've heard that people have been fined because they were smoking a hookah in public.

Does anyone living in the Portland/Beaverton area know about any restrictions on smoking outside?

Areas in question would be cafes and book stores which would be a chill place to relax.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 10:30 PM
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I don't know about portland, but here in corvallis people smoke hookah at the park on the OSU campus. I was throwing a baseball with some friends yesterday and there was a group of people chilling smoking a hookah and I was tripping out. My friends said it was allowed
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Old April 17th, 2010, 10:32 PM
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hey bobatepeople, where in portland do you live, if ya dont mind me askin?
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Old April 17th, 2010, 10:33 PM
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haha well i would think its acceptable in a college town!
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Old April 17th, 2010, 10:37 PM
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i live in beaverton. real close to portland
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Old April 17th, 2010, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: Hookah in Public? (Portland/Beaverton, OR)

I've never had a problem before. It recently became nice enough out that I've started smoking outside. I've smoked in a few different areas, busy parks, in the city, and on campus. In general there hasn't been many issues, once in awhile there is the occasional older person who thinks you're smoking illegal substances and comes over with an attitude. Most of the time though, people just seem interested and will come over and chat.

That being said, I was smoking in the park once, and the cops came, someone had called about us. The cops basically walked up, we showed him our tobacco boxes and such, he had no problem with it and said they were just required to respond. Basically he said he figured that no one was dumb enough to be smoking illegal substances out in the open like that and he just had to come so the person saw that he was checking it out, etc.

All in all smoking outside/in public places has been a generally positive experience, we've even started a few new people because of it (using mouthtips of course.) I say go for it, the more public awareness about the legal smoking of hookahs, the better.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 10:50 PM
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Nice simmons! i was thinking about bringing my 36'' KM to the park by OSU, but I think that would be TOO much attention haha
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Old April 18th, 2010, 12:04 AM
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thanks simmons!
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Old April 18th, 2010, 01:09 AM
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Well, to give you an idea, I have a Nammor Euphrates, which is 28" tall. That's the one I use everywhere, my home, gazebo, and in public. I think people might actually be more suspicious of something small and acrylic for example, it could look more like something used for illegal substances, at least to the eye of the general public. I think the large, ornate looking hookahs with the long hoses coming off gives a different idea.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 04:32 AM
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Default Re: Hookah in Public? (Portland/Beaverton, OR)

I don't know about Portland but in California I once got kicked out of a dog park for smoking while I took my dog there. I had my hookah on a picnic table while my dog was playing and the people were not very happy
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Old April 18th, 2010, 05:52 AM
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Default Re: Hookah in Public? (Portland/Beaverton, OR)

i live in cali and im not officially sure on if its allowed or not but my friends have smoked at the park before and ive smoked at the outside benches of one of our local donut shops and there was never a problem for us..
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So long as you're not violating a public smoking ban, you're completely within your rights to smoke your hookah wherever you want. If someone gives you hard time, tell 'em to go to hell.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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bobatepeople, I live on scholls and murray if you know where that it
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So long as you're not violating a public smoking ban, you're completely within your rights to smoke your hookah wherever you want. If someone gives you hard time, tell 'em to go to hell.
That is my usual response.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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i have smoked my hookah at several concerts in the parking lot. many cops have rolled buy without a problem. i dont think its a big deal as long as they know its just tobacco. also at a school i attended in cali there was a group of people smoking an the cafe patio without a problem.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 01:54 PM
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i smoke mine on the beach all the time, if anyone gives me any trouble its just to make sure im disposing of everything properly.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 03:22 PM
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i smoke hookah in the middle of the quad on my campus. It can bee seen from every important building on campus and it's directly across from the security office. We've had guard come up to us just to chat but they've NEVER given us a hard time about anything.
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its as legal to smoke as a cigarette....the end
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i live in cali and im not officially sure on if its allowed or not but my friends have smoked at the park before and ive smoked at the outside benches of one of our local donut shops and there was never a problem for us..
Well what we can do or anyone, buy a mini one like a Pumpkin hookah (like ur sisters) and that can be used in public for a quick session or something...Just a thought
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I can't believe anyone would give you that much crap in a college town, if anything you think they would ask to join! o.O. I love smoking out front of the dorms on MSU campus and watching all the freshmen parents walk by and their jaw drop .
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you should'nt have a problem as long as you're obeying the laws, and if a cop does give you grief about it just show them it's only tobacco and if they really wanna push it, make them field test it, they carry field test kits for just such occasions
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