February 23, 2010 |
First it was the bars of New York. Then the bistros of Paris. Now the smoky teahouses and hookah cafes of the Middle East are pushing smokers to the sidelines. Eyebrows were raised last year when Turkey banned smoking in all bars, cafes and restaurants. Even though nearly 30% of the Turkish population smokes, polls said 95% of the people supported the move. Its neighbor Syria also recently stepped up measures against smokers and puffers of the hookah pipe. In October, Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree banning smoking inside public places.
September 4, 2012
Vegas is a city of smoke and mirrors, which makes it all the more alluring after dark. The just-opened Oracle Mansion - a Mediterranean-style nightclub/restaurant - features a leather- and crystal-studded hookah lounge fit for a sultan. Select your smoke from 35 sweet flavors (mango, guava and chocolate among them) or choose from more exotic tastes like twilight and electric lotus. Not all puff, the 18,000-square-foot club boasts private sky boxes above the dance floor, personal maids dressed for burlesque and Far East-inspired eats like feta bites and kafta sliders for $10 - so you can throw your cash at a $300 bottle of Dom. - Jamie Wetherbe, Custom Publishing Writer Oracle Mansion 3500 W. Naples Drive 702.541.7000 www.oraclemansion.com Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 6 .am. Friday, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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July 14, 2007 |
ON a bright afternoon, about two dozen people gathered on a bend overlooking the San Gabriel River. The idyllic sounds of birds and flowing water mixed with the low growl of gas-powered suction dredges. Clusters of men (and one or two women) crouched in the water with vacuum hoses, circular pans and sluice boards. Their goal -- in some cases, their obsession -- was the same. "The gold looks so good underwater," gushed Coel Schumacher, a 19-year-old junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
November 16, 2012 |
While the lion's share of youth anti-smoking efforts has focused on cigarettes, a new report in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease suggests more needs to be done to reduce the number of teens smoking flavored tobacco from hookahs. According to a recent survey cited in the report, 18.5% of 12th-grade students admitted to using a hookah in the previous year. And what's particularly concerning to the study authors, led by Daniel Morris of the Oregon Health Authority's public health division, is that many young people don't seem to recognize that hookah use carries serious health risks: Hookah smoke contains many of the same toxins as cigarettes and has been associated with a similar laundry list of diseases such as lung cancer and respiratory illness.
April 19, 2013 |
Cigarette smoking may have earned a reputation as an unhealthy, cancer-causing pastime, but water pipes seem to have largely evaded the stigma. Now, new research shows that water pipes may simply be dangerous in slightly different ways, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Water pipes, also known as hookah, shisha and a host of other aliases, are a common social activity in the Middle East and have been growing in popularity: a 2011 study found more than 40% of college students had used a hookah , and many of them appeared to believe it was safer than cigarette smoking.
March 5, 2000 |
As Westwood Village become the casbah? Smelling the burnt aroma emanating around Peter, a 24-year-old UCLA history student hanging out at Gypsy Cafe on a recent Friday night, you'd be suspicious. Perched at his feet is a giant hookah. And Peter is inhaling. "People walk by all the time and think I'm smoking marijuana," he admits. His friends Ryan and Iskander, fellow Bruins, take a break from their concentrated chess game to pipe in (literally and figuratively).