Are hookah lounges good for our youth?
By Debra Gilly
October 25, 2010 (Spring Valley) -- Last week, our County Planning Commission approved the request for a liquor license by Blu Flayme, a hookah lounge located in a strip mall known to be a popular hang-out for Monte Vista High School students. Owners of the hookah lounge believe that smoking hookah is a good bonding and cultural experience they would like to share and promote with our young people (according to a marketing plan they presented before a planning committee at the San Miguel Fire Station).
My common sense dictates that allowing our 18 year-olds to smoke hookah with the 21 year-olds and up, who are also smoking the hookah while enjoying beer and wine, is asking for trouble. I would not term this a good bonding and cultural experience for our youth. Are hookah lounges really good for our youth?
Our planning group’s decision to approve yet another liquor license is a great disappointment. It seems like everywhere I look these days in East County, more bars, smoke shops and now hookah lounges are being approved in close proximity to schools and residential areas. Enough already!
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