URGENT Call to Sign Petitions for 775% Hookah Tobacco Tax & Saving Village of New Paltz (NY) from Propane Oxygen Lit-Hookah Disaster
The “Stop the Hookah” Lobby warns that the village of New Paltz (NY) is in jeopardy further to hookah lounge activity in the area:
Please sign the petition.
The pressing issues at stake are (abridged quotations):
« SMOKING KILLS - and smoking a Hookah is just as deadly […]”
“NICOTINE IS POWERFULLY ADDICTIVE - in fact it's one of the most addictive substances on earth […]”
“A 45 MINUTE HOOKAH SESSION IS LIKE CHAIN-SMOKING FIVE PACKS OF CIGARETTES - According to a World Health Organization advisory, a typical one-hour session of hookah smoking exposes the user to 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette. Even after passing through water, tobacco smoke still contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens).”
“HOOKAH SMOKING IS INSIDIOUSLY DANGEROUS - Unlike cigarette smoking where most people's first experience is generally unpleasant […]”
“SAFETY DEMANDS THAT SMOKING SHOULD BE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN WHERE OXYGEN IS IN USE - yet the Village Planning Board have actually granted a Special Use Permit for an Oxygen Bar & Hookah Lounge. Add to this the fact that the building for which the permit was approved uses PROPANE heating fueled by a 500 GALLON ABOVE-GROUND TANK. These three elements (Propane, Oxygen and a source of ignition) are all that is required to power a rocket motor or disaster of truly epic proportions!”
“THERE ARE VERY REAL CONCERNS THAT THE HOOKAH LOUNGE WILL BECOME A HANGOUT FOR DEALERS & USERS OF ILLEGAL DRUGS - there are definite connotations of recreational drug use associated with hookahs, water-pipes and bongs and the shisha (tobacco/herbal mixture) smoked in hookahs is often 'spiked' with alcohol, marijuana and/or other legal, but nonetheless mind-altering herbs, such as Mugwort, Wormwood & Salvia”.