Toronto Board of Health wants to Ban Hookahs at Licensed Businesses
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown has a new target in his sights as he believes the rising popularity of hookahs is causing untold health problems.
In a news release McKeown says, “Using a hookah to smoke any substance poses health risks, such as heart and lung diseases, lung cancer and other respiratory problems to users and those exposed to second-hand smoke, including employees.”
Dr. McKeown wants to ban the hookah cafes, effective this fall. He feels smoking anything using the water pipes poses health risks.
A report recommending a ban of the device at licensed businesses will be debated at a Toronto Board of Health meeting on June 1st.
Hookahs are used to smoke non-tobacco herbal products but McKeown claims that just undermines the laws of not allowing smoking in a workplace
If the board follows through with the ban, all businesses would be prohibited by October 1st.