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November 29, 2023


Ram Emanual

Ricardo manned up? Wow.

Oh the irony

Banning hookah on Broadway would be like banning chop sticks in Millbrae.

Timothy Hooker

From a legal standpoint, how can a Government ban cigarettes but allow Hookah bars? This seems worse than cigarettes.

Link to some health considerations: https://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/pdf/tclc-fs-regulatory-options-hookahs-2013.pdf


I think the difference is the hookahs are on private property (in the back of Society as I recall) and the ciggie ban is on public property, but your point is well taken and begs the question of why the council had to discuss hookahs at all.

Timothy Hooker

Great point. Wondering what legal recourse tenants renting space in the same building might have to avoid the poisonous smoke.

The HepCat

Hookah me up with some shisha. No flavored tabaccy in Burlingame except da hookah spot. Just the smelly stuff. No pharmacies either. When we gonna get a weed outlet?


Good reminder, Cat. Here's a bit of the DJ article from yesterday:

Hookah will be allowed in two Burlingame locations but prohibit pharmacies from selling tobacco products under a new ordinance approved 4-1 at the City Council’s meeting March 18.

Other retailers will be allowed to sell tobacco, but not flavored tobacco as that was banned previously. The ordinance also states new tobacco retailers or those looking to switch storefronts will also be subject to distance-based regulations under the new ordinance, including not being within 1,000 feet of youth-populated areas and 500 feet of existing retailers.

Councilmember Emily Beach was the sole no vote, citing previously established opinions that the city shouldn’t make an exemption for any type of flavored tobacco product, including hookah.

“I don’t like legislation that effects a ban on something that isn’t explicitly a ban,” Councilmember Michael Brownrigg said. “If you are effectively creating a ban but not calling it that, that sort of offends my view of how to do good legislation.”
But Michael voted for it anyway......

There is also a ban on pharmacies selling it.....is all of Safeway a pharmacy?

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