Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 24, 2013

Troy clamps down on hookah bars


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TROY (AP) — The Detroit suburb of Troy is clamping down on hookah bars, prompting worries from business owners that they’ll be shut down.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac and the Detroit Free Press report City Council this month set rules that establishments featuring the Arabic water pipe filled with flavored tobacco must close a midnight. They also froze the number of licenses at five.

Police Chief Gary Mayer says the city’s three hookah bars tally “a very disproportionate share” of police calls.

Samad Yousif, who owns the Mist hookah bar, says they’re working to curtail problems and should be able to stay open past midnight.

Hookah smoking came to Detroit area with the first waves of Middle Eastern immigrants in the early 1900s. Hookah bars spread from Dearborn to elsewhere around Michigan.