December 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
Some concerned about health risks
Fargo will get its first hookah hangout when Space Hookah Lounge opens in the next couple of months. Continue Reading
Tags: Fargo, fargo cass public health, Health, hookah, hookah lounge, smoking, Space Hookah Lounge, tobacco 55 Comments »
Ha. The imported tobacco is leagues safer than what those major tobacco companies lace theirs with now a days. Fire Proof Cigs? Ha! Yeah those aren’t laced with chemicals at all.
Pure Lolz @ the FDA saying something isn’t safe that they can’t regulate.
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So lets get this straight… The City of Fargo will allow a hookah lounge, but they won’t allow a “peddle pub” to have alcoholic beverages on board because why??? Isn’t there a no smoking in public workplaces law in effect in this town?
But hey lets not forget we should ban some drink specials too and then go and smoke out of some bongs at a “hookah lounge.”
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You don’t smoke out of a bong at a hookah lounge. Don’t make it something it isnt.
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my bad.. you dont smoke out of bongs, you smoke out of hookah bongs.
I just never understood the smoking thing. Sucking and blowing. Sucking and blowing. Uff-da!
Fargo Cass Health met with the business owner last week and encouraged him to post signs that remind consumers that hookah smoking is not a risk-free activity, Matter said
Really, the public needs a freaking sign, give me a break. Do they really think people are that uninformed about things?
The only problem with this “Hookah Den” is that their serving tobacco instead of cannabis. Like the first person to post, big tobacco companies products are laced with many chemicals. Only smaller companies & imports offer pure tobacco, such as American Spirit. Tobacco should be illegal; you should be jailed for consumption, possession, sale, and manufacturing. It kills millions, and cannabis hasn’t killed one. While smoking anything carcinogenic is harmful, cannabis can be vaporized with minimal carcinogens.
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I like your thinking Profile!
That’s about enough of your rational and logical thinking and talking! This is America dammit! We don’t operate on those principles!
Terminally stupid people will do anything to endanger their lives and the lives of innocent others.
From what we now know about smoking, those who expose others to it, should be charged and convicted of attempted murder. What is the difference if they are driving a car drunk and plow people down, take a gun into an office complex and start shooting or expose others to their smoke. They all kills others.
There is no defending smokers. They are murderers! Their weapon just takes longer to kill the innocent.
It is not your right to endanger the lives of others.
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and so the ridiculousness begins…
Your car exhaust has the same levels of carcinogens as tobacco smoke. Please don’t drive or I may have to bring charges against you.
HAHAHAHAHAH! So dramatic you are! Attempted murder! Psh I suppose you want every mother that has ever had an abortion to be hung from a tree also?
A cloud of smoke is much easier to avoid than a drunk driver or armed lunatic.
Just like with anything else, if you don’t like it, don’t go to this establishment. Everyone is entitled to make their own decisions. People are not stupid (ok, well some are) and know the effects of what this could do to them. If this young man thinks he has a shot of making this business venture a success, well then I say let him try. So it might be time for the rest of you to get off of your high horses.
you are son rite i cant understand why everyone is making a big deal out of it. theres over 50 hookah lounges in the twin cities all over the world and think its a great idea. i give respect to young business men that knows about the young generation and what they like. TELL YOU THE TRUTH I THINK ITS A GREAT IDEA AND GREAT FOR THE TOWN WITCH IS GOING TO BRING JOBS WITCH MEANS THOSE UNEMPLOYED WILL START GETTING PAID AND SPENDING MONEY IN RESTAURANTS and on cloth and the ball starts rolling for all business. thats how it start step by step and i think this is a great start for FARGO TOBACCO
He’ll be lucky if it lasts longer than six months.
I despise smoking with a passion, but as long as it isn’t done around me or affects my family, go for it. Just keep your stinkiness away from me. Thanks.
It is obvious only about two of you have any experience with hookah. There are other establishes in town which sell tobacco and have a lounge for smoking so what is the difference? Also, this is a new business in town – we should all support it! Hookah bars do very well usually. It is called tax revenue…
I don’t have any experience either but I think it sounds interesting.
I’m not a smoker but do enjoy a cigar now and then, so I would maybe like to check this place out.
Hooray for open-mindedness!
Amen, I smoked some Hook-ah when I was in Egypt. I am a non-smoker but it’s a traditional thing there to drink, Chai, smoke Hook-ah and maybe snack on some fresh cut cucumbers or other vegtables. It didn’t have any long term affects that i noticed and it didn’t cause me to hack up a lung like cigarettes did when i tried them.
The rabid witch-hunting non-smokers are going to complain about it because they can’t go there without breathing second hand smoke. They want to go there too so they can take in the ambiance.
It sounds like the owner has a lot of things he needs to take care of before his lounge can open. Bada Bing, anybody? Granted, this is vastly different than renovating a warehouse. But if he doesn’t get the ventilation fixed, say good bye to another new business in town.
Even if he does everything by the book, say goodbye to this place. All the whiners will complain enough to get him shut down for something.
hookah doesn’t need the sort of ventilation that you need for tobacco of other varieties
“Renovations to open the separate cigar and hookah lounges will likely take an additional 60 days, he said.”
Looks to me like he’s clear on what needs to be done before it opens! Hookah, anyone?
I’m not saying, I’m just saying… Keep an eye on the place…
Wasn’t this addressed in the Forum article?
Oh it was. He just forgot to RTFA.
Why didn’t you read the f*cking article?
my man you cant judge anybody because they have the same last name, for example my last name is Anderson and if you go online and put mike Anderson you’ll probably get an article about a raspiest or a theft or anything but what does that have to do with me even though if never met him or know who he is but he has the same last name but does that make me a bad guy??? as for me i love hookah and think its going to be a great spot to meet with friends and watch a game of football and drink coffee.
its the same family dude!
Interesting link, thanks for posting it. I’m definately skeptical of this guy now.
I agree with you Pete. I welcome new business concepts but not shady business men. Red flags all the way. Thanks for the link Jief09
And here I thought that Hookahs were only legal in Nevada.
In this country, we consider first cousins to be “related”. Maybe they need to ask the question a little differently.
Good for them. I am glad to see Fargo get something unique. This is what sets the area apart from other North Dakota towns. Culture and entertainment options. Now there is proof that bongs are used for other things other than the cheebah.
I see no problem with this. If you don’t want to do it then don’t, isn’t freedom great. Second, I am pro-business and this will bring jobs and money into the metro, something always needed. Hookah is more of a social activity than the smoking itself. Much like tea time in Great Briton or happy hour here, its more about the people your with than the activity itself.
I cannot fathom why this is controversial.
Maybe BadaBing can reopen next door. Hookahs and Hookers. one stop shopping.
If you dont like this business then dont patronize it
As long as they don’t inhale, it’s ok by me!
Hooka Lounges equal:
“Dumb, dumb, dumb…dumb, dumb, dumb…
Dumb,dumb, dumb, da, dumb….”
Singing to the tune of Jingle Bells.
I am a non-smoker and I can say that if someone wants to smoke in a place like this that is legal then all the people here should be quite about shutting the place down. The way I live should not infringe on others just like their smoking lifestyle does not infringe on me. If a restaurant/bar allowed smoking I just would not go there. Grow up people and don’t patronize places that you feel go against your lifestyle. period… You are not placed on this Earth to police everyone else. In fact the USA has too much of that. And the safety agency that is suppose to protect us needs to be put out of business. When is enough legislation enough for these people? If you totally prohibit the lifestyle then it will be just like the alcohol prohibition in the early 1900′s. It did NOT work. So in other words stop acting like God because you are not. Only he can judge and your not here to do that.
Dam ebonics! I totally misunderstood the kind of lounge.
I personally think this is a great idea, it will bring more jobs to the community and also a fun spot to hang out. There are always going to be pro and cons to any business that include alcohol and smoke, as long everyone is within their guidelines we are all good! Everytime I visit LA I go the hookah lounges, its very common in Cali and NYC. These lounges are very cozy and relaxing, its pretty much like a coffee shop but little different environment….. I can’t wait to see what’s in store,,,, apple/mint flavored hookah and tea is my fav!!!
I agree Moorhead, government should stay out of people being allowed to open up business’s, even hookah bars. On the other hand, insurance companys, also business’s. should be able to deny smokers, including hookah smokers, from coverage if they want to. Smoking of any type, is a choice, and is proven to be harmful. Hookah smoking is unhealthy too. Research that.
And tax payers shouldn’t have to cover people who chose to smoke under medicaide either, because that was their choice to smoke.
I know people who smoke, but then they complain they can’t afford this, or that, and what do they think I’m thinkin when they say that?
“Dumb, dumb, dumb…
dumb, dumb, dumb…
dumb, dumb, da, dumb, dumb…
to Jingle Bells.
There are health concerns with the tobacco used for Hookahs, just like any other foreign substance you put in your system. I tried a hookah for the first time at the Renaissance Festival this fall. It was very relaxing to sit in the shade on soft cushions and smell and taste the sweet flavor of the tobacco and visit about the fun we were having. I agree with those who have said don’t go to the hookah bar if you don’t agree with it. Those who enjoy a hookah session will go there and those who don’t think it’s good/healthy/whatever can stay away. Let it go, please. Worry about hunger, joblessness, homelessness….not hookah bars.
That’s Bull…, Dale Stearns.
This is a comment thread, and people are commenting, that’s what its for.
I smoked some Hook-ah when I was in Egypt. I am a non-smoker but itâ€™s a traditional thing there to drink, Chai, smoke Hook-ah and maybe snack on some fresh cut vegtables. It is a way of life there and it’s intended to be relaxing and a place to have casual conversation. It didnâ€™t have any long term affects that i noticed and it didnâ€™t cause me to hack up a lung like cigarettes did when i tried them. I have had it a maybe 5 times in the States as well it wasn’t addicitng to me. I am sure ther is some nicotine involved bu not like a cigarette. I am sure it can cause some diseases but I know for sure the smell doesn’t stink up your clothes as cigarettes do. I say give the place a shot and if some you want try it out go for it Apple is my favorite flavor, I also like apple and peach mixed together.
I hate 2nd hand smoke. I chose to avoid it. Yep, I have a choice. I grew up with both parents smoking and can say I have never had a cigarette, cigar nor pipe in my mouth. I love going to the bars now that they are smoke free. Can go home smelling good yet. However, people make the CHOICE to go there. You don’t like it, don’t go. I wish they would have made incentives to bar owners to go smoke free instead of MAKING them go smoke free. These adds on radio and tv about employees having a right to clean air floor me. The people that applied to work there knew of the environment when they applied for the job. Patrons knew of the smoke when they CHOSE to go into the establishments. Just saying!!!!!!!!!
Let’s not romanticize the bars. There isn’t the smoke smells but there are definitely other smells that cling to fibers, like stale beer, loneliness, desperation, neglect and welfare.
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