Smoking Shisha in Bars & Lounges Officially Banned in Edmonton as of July 1st
This has been a hot topic in the city since February of 2018 – Edmonton’s City Council has had many conversations about how to decide the fate and what the overall safety of Shisha bars is in Edmonton.
After today’s discussion from Edmonton City Council, it was announced that as of July 1st 2020 in Edmonton, lounges & bars will be banned from serving Hookah & Shisha products to Edmontonians.
This has obviously sparked a large debate on twitter this morning, many people are discussing the cultural aspect behind Shisha bars – questioning if it’s a push of prejudiced decision towards cultures that do smoke Shisha regularly.
Let me know what you think – will you miss Shisha bars in Edmonton? - @mariah.mae
Edmonton has banned shisha bars. No more hookahs in Alberta’s capital. pic.twitter.com/DL7KeP3fax— plain old julie 👒🦄 📚🥕 🇨🇦 (@louise6692) July 1, 2020
EDMONTON, CANADA: Ban on Shisha Lounges.— Peter Kershaw (@PeterKershawNZ) June 18, 2020
"Smoking shisha is seen as a social gathering, drawing customers of African or Middle Eastern backgrounds. It's a tradition that dates back centuries, originating in places like India, Persia and Ethiopia."
So much for traditions. https://t.co/sWQE4sbNxZ
Edmonton getting rid of shisha confirms two things. They either hate middle easterners or they never got laid. There’s no in between— Yung Aladdin (@slimjimsharif) June 28, 2020