Providence seeks to crack down on hookah bars

November 26th, 2013 at 5:51 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Law enforcement officials in Rhode Island’s capital city say they plan to begin cracking down on hookah bars and other establishments that have managed to dodge the statewide indoor smoking ban that took effect in 2005.

In a letter sent to all of the city’s liquor license holders Nov. 1, Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare warned that that the city would be ramping up enforcement of the law beginning in December. A similar letter was sent to bar and restaurant owners in April.

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3 Responses to “Providence seeks to crack down on hookah bars”

  1. [...] Providence seeks to crack down on hookah bars PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Law enforcement officials in Rhode Island's capital city say they plan to begin cracking down on hookah bars and other establishments that have managed to dodge the statewide indoor smoking ban that took effect in 2005. Read more on WPRI-TV 12 (blog) [...]

  2. Gary Mc says:

    Because the Providence Police have nothing better to do than worry about Hookah?

  3. Christina S. says:

    This is insane, Hookah is an innocent cultural event that should not be the focus of Providence police. Instead of trying to run these businesses out the window, maybe they should help to improve their ventilation and building status. This would make Thayer street and federal hill lose ALOT of business. Colleges thrive on nights out like “hookah and drinks”