After tobacco, Turkey bans hookah in public places

January 28, 2013

After banning smoking in public places, the Turkish government has gone one step further by clamping down on an ancient tradition—the hookah, or water pipe.

As of Sunday it is no longer permitted to smoke the "hubbly-bubbly" in cafes, bars or restaurants as the conservative Islamic government cracks down on use of tobacco.

In 2009 the government made it illegal to smoke in public places, but only barred use of the hookah by minors, and cafes continued to offer fruity tobacco mixes in , drawing the wrath of .

The hookah, or narghile, was very popular under the but was eclipsed by the new-fangled cigarettes under the Turkish Republic from 1923.

In recent years it has regained its popularity in big cities.

Health experts warn that its fruity flavours make users forget that they are in fact inhaling tobacco, and say that since the smoke lasts longer than a cigarette it is even more dangerous.

Explore further: Hookah smoking increasingly common among first-year college women

Related Stories

Lebanon smoking ban takes effect, sparking anger

September 3, 2012

A smoking ban in all closed public spaces, including coffee shops, restaurants and bars, went into force in Lebanon on Monday under new legislation that promises hefty fines for lawbreakers.

Recommended for you

Fears of ageing may cause earlier death: UN

September 29, 2016

Being afraid of growing old may shorten your life, the UN health agency said Thursday, as new data highlighted the widespread prevalence of ageist attitudes worldwide.

new study that shows breastfeeding saves mothers' lives, too

September 28, 2016

Breastfeeding as recommended—for a total of one year and exclusively for six months—could protect babies and their moms from premature death and serious diseases and save the U.S. more than $4.3 billion in health care ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.