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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:31 AM
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So is hookah okay to smoke in public? like at a park, coffee shops that have outdoor smoking areas, national parks (IE yellowstone) particularly laws in utah. but really any idea you can give me on tobacco laws anywhere helps.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:34 AM
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Careful on the laws, And the people who hate.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:37 AM
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I know thats what im trying to find out whats okay and whats not. Because a Hookah is basically a water tobacco pipe right? well at a coffee shop I frequent here theres usually some guy outside smoking out of a pipe. Unfortunately anytime ive ever asked a worker there all I get is "youll have to ask the owner" and he's never there.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:40 AM
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I know thats what im trying to find out whats okay and whats not. Because a Hookah is basically a water tobacco pipe right? well at a coffee shop I frequent here theres usually some guy outside smoking out of a pipe. Unfortunately anytime ive ever asked a worker there all I get is "youll have to ask the owner" and he's never there.
Laws can vary from place to place, county to county even... You could check with the police
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:43 AM
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good idea I hope the one I ask actually knows what a hookah is though
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:46 AM
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i do it all the time but i live in the UK but i did it when i visited the states at central park if that helps....
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:49 AM
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People in the states here are not very tolerant of "these kinds of things"...why bother smoking it in public, do it the right way where you dont have to have all the people giving you bad looks and calling the cops because they think you are doing something illegal...
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:49 AM
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i do it all the time but i live in the UK but i did it when i visited the states at central park if that helps....
are laws in the uk more lenient on tobacco than here?
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I smoked outside the laundromat tonight. I recommend keeping the shisha box with you, just as a backup. If the police give you any trouble, just be nice and calm, and offer to stay there until they can get a field test kit. If you are compliant and respectful, they will probably accept what you have to say and not bother with testing it. Besides, law enforcement knows what illegal substances look like, and what tobacco looks like. Just don't be a douche, and you won't have problems.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:54 AM
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yea these are all things to consider. thanks for all the advice!
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Old June 10th, 2010, 01:35 AM
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It sounds like a lot of work, but it would be great at a barbecue!
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Old June 10th, 2010, 01:44 AM
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are laws in the uk more lenient on tobacco than here?

urmm well in terms of duty and taxes no....but tbh no one really cares when your smokin it (edited for content)...its normal as loads of people go to the park and stuff with their mates or whoever and do shisha together..its like a picnic and stuff but id say its pretty casual..but then again i live in London dont knwo what its like for other cities in the UK...

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Old June 10th, 2010, 02:02 AM
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I'd imagine getting a lot of confused looks in the small town I live in.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 02:36 AM
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me and my friends smoke on the lawn in front of one of the dorms at the college some of them go to. its in az and the security there is used to it and its legal here so no one gives odd looks
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Old June 10th, 2010, 03:17 AM
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as long as you're doing everything w/in the boundaries of the law
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Old June 10th, 2010, 03:28 AM
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Default Re: smoking in public?

states where I'm from such as Kentucky and Ohio have laws against publicly smoking tobacco now, I've had a few conversations with some of our regular law enforcers, and they are pretty clueless about what hookah is, they say that as long as its not tobacco (or illegal substances) it's fine. so I know they make that tobacco free herb shisha, which would be completely legal.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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It sounds like a lot of work, but it would be great at a barbecue!

+1... smoke while bbq'ing... I love it.. thats next on my to do list!!

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Old June 10th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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about a month ago i sat at a cafe table in the city and smoked a hookah right out in the open for all the passer bys to see
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Old June 10th, 2010, 09:21 AM
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I'm in Virginia and I smoke on the beach and it's fine, but I haven't taken it anywhere beyond 5 miles of my house. All the cops can really do is swap the hose for drugs.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 09:26 AM
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Default Re: smoking in public?

I agree, unless tobacco is illegal it should be fine, and if anyone gives you shit you just need to have the box or jar with you. Hookah smells and looks like hookah, and not like anything illegal so once a cop arrives he should know right away whoever called is a dumbass.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 05:02 PM
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Default Re: smoking in public?

I am always worried about getting into trouble if anyone sees it too. My mom for instance has been smoking cigarettes for 20+ years and judges me harshly for the hookah lol. I have run into a lot of judgemental people, but now its mostly just me and a few friends in my apartment and screw the outside world lol.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 06:44 PM
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That just goes into the lack of knowledge people have. My girlfriend was strongly against it at first, but now tries it herself.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 07:11 PM
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It depends on where it is and what part of the country you're in. Def asking the owner of the place is a good idea if it's somewhere you go frequently. My gut says that in more places it's legal, but that doesn't mean you won't get weird looks or questions.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 07:14 PM
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keep an extra hose handy with some tips guys, might get a hot chick that wants a drag!
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Old June 10th, 2010, 09:19 PM
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Default Re: smoking in public?

A common misconception on college campuses is that a hookah is not for smoking tobacco... but I smoke my hookah outside all the time on my campus and have never gotten in trouble with the police, the university, or anything of that nature.
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