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Hookah Lounges Banned From Patchogue Village

Smoking-based lounges ruled as unhealthy.

Two people smoking at a hookah lounge. Patch File Photo.
Two people smoking at a hookah lounge. Patch File Photo.

Hookah lounges will not be lighting up in Patchogue Village anytime soon, as the Village Board of Trustees banned the bars at Monday’s Patchogue Village Board of Trustees meeting at Patchogue Village Hall.

Health concerns were primarily discussed as the reason for wanting to stop them from coming. Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said that his own father died at age 42 from a heart attack that he said may have been partly caused by over-smoking.

“You can’t tell me that it’s not harmful to [customers’] health,” Pontieri said. “It’s not something that I would like to see within the Village that I live.”

Pontieri said the board had found water pipe sessions to not be any safer than cigarette smoking.

Village Attorney Brian Egan cited several pieces of research that the board looked through which focused on the health aspect of water pipe smoking. 

Trustee Tom Ferb mentioned during the discussion that according to his son, the bars are primarily used socially among college age young adults that are too young to enter bars that serve alcohol.

The board approved the ban unanimously at the meeting.

What are your thoughts on this ban? Have you tried hookah? Talk about it in the comments below.

Khrystene December 11, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Isn't alcohol bad for your health? No shortage of bars here in Patchogue...I don't smoke/drink I'm just saying if you're worried about the "health" of the community maybe focus on health awareness. Alcohol has the potential to cause any and every type of cancer. I won't even get into mention the obvious destruction it causes.
Archie Bunker December 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Can you still smoke on the streets of the village? Wonderful example of overall useless legislation. Let's focus on REAL issues like parking, the tremendous swath of illegals living between main street and the railroad tracks and idiots puking all over the sidewalks in the wee hours of the morning...
PatchogueLifetime December 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Unlike the alcohol consumed in bars, the smoke produced in Hookah bars seeps through the walls/floors and infects neighboring businesses with the smell. Smoking is disgusting and toxic, and quite frankly I'd be completely supportive of banning smoking in all public places. If you want to pay tobacco companies $10/pack to give you cancer - that's your choice, and it infuriates me to have to walk through clouds of smoke when I'm walking down Main Street or any other street for that matter.
the baby December 11, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Please my friend, Lifetime, I am sure that the toxins created by environmental factors, like the nearby landfill, autos, trucks, etc. will get you faster than walking through an occasional puff of smoke outdoors. What kind of car do you drive? Lighten up people.
Daniel Cole December 11, 2013 at 06:58 PM
To me the issue is second hand smoke inside the lounge. There's no way someone could work as a server in one of these lounges without being inundated with tobacco smoke. Even the tobacco-free versions release large amounts of toxins and carbon monoxide. We banned tobacco smoking indoors for a reason. This isn't the same as having bars serving alcohol because the servers aren't being forced to drink every time they go to work.
Archie Bunker December 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Any intelligent person can foresee smoke being in the air if they seek employment at a hookah lounge. You need the village of patchogue to tell you this?
Daniel Cole December 12, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Some people just need a job. Yes, working in a smoke-filled environment is easier to avoid nowadays than it was before the nineties, but if the choice is between working at a hookah lounge and not paying the rent, even knowing the risks, what would you do? Not to mention that there seems to be a misconception out there about how safe hookah smoke is. It is just as dangerous as cigarette smoke, maybe more so because of the charcoal. Apparently we do need government to tell us that hookah lounges aren't safe, because a lot of people, especially young people, think otherwise, and that's part of what makes these lounges popular.
Archie Bunker December 12, 2013 at 04:24 PM
We all make choices... If you think working in the hookah lounge is needed to pay your rent, then do what you got to do. Everyone isn't really a poor victim. The hookah lounge is the only min wage job out there? If you allow your child to work in the hookah lounge without regard, you're a crappy parent. But it isn't my problem. I see, you're one of those "government will save us all". I thought the real reason banning hookah lounges in Patchogue was because they notoriously serve large sugary beverages that lead to obesity. The village should put red light cameras up on every street corner too along with the parking meters you think will be a good idea too!
Patchogue Snoop December 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Pat Lifetime said....... Smoking is disgusting and toxic, and quite frankly I'd be completely supportive of banning smoking in all public places. Really, cars are toxic and spew smoke all over, you just don't see it. Do you ride a bike? DWI and drinking is disgusting and kills so bars are OK....right on Khrystene!!! If this was one of PPs buddies it would be approved in an instant!!!! The dictator has spoke, no smoking.... PS MAYOR I see the size of your gut....much fatter since you took office....lay off the endless freebies.......you look like you may be a strong candidate for a heart attack!!!! I see you in chowing down with strangers way too often in Patchogue(developers I guess??). Not good for you at your age!!!
Patchogue Snoop December 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM
But to add one thing, Cigs and Cigars AOK to these misguided fools running this Village. Smoke me if you got em!!! Last time and only time went to restaurant in Patchogue......never again, front wall opened to street. Druken kids from the bar next door chain smoking all night with stink wafting into my face....sucked...not to mention the foul language fromt hese drunks on the street. Police....nowhere to be found so I guess public intoxication is AOK with these fools!!! No more Patchogue for me, don't want to have to walk into the street to avoid gangs of drunks doing the pub crawl!!!! Why aren't they being locked up for this???? Good job PP you crook!!
Daniel Cole December 13, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Chris - nice ad hominem. Since you prefer to attack me instead of discussing the issue, have a nice day.
Archie Bunker December 13, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Actually I don't know you, do not claim to know you personally and said nothing about your character. You gave silly reasons to support silly legislation. Guess you take it personally when someone doesn't agree with you. Enjoy your weekend
Patchogue Snoop December 15, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Mr Chris is a regular "insulter" on this site. Daniel, his is right....if you don't like smoke.....don't go or apply there for the job. More property rights stolen by King PP. He kind of reminds me of King Henry viii

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