Councilman Vincent Gentile will spurn hookah bars so long as the shisha continues to burn. He has proposed a new law that would ban new hookah bars from opening and block the existing ones from expanding. Gentile said that shisha smoke is harmful to humans and a nuisance to neighbors of hookah bars.
Tommy Hawkins, manager of the popular East Village hookah bar Karma, sounded off on the proposal, how it may or may not impact his business, and whether or not he thinks the law will be passed. Though he disagrees with some of the claims made by Gentile, he also believes that the law might have its merits. Listen to what he had to say: