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North Carolinas smoking ban becoming puzzle.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Its looking like this could get messy.

As we’ve reported at Ed Hardy Smoking, the Smoking ban in North Carolina took effect on January 1st. 2010.  The law mostly said that cigar bars could stay open, but all indoor smoking had to cease.

Picture posted by David Forbes of the Mountain Xpress

Originally The Bill was accompanied by a softer tone and his date MS. Loopholes.

The state is not looking for indoor smoking. They have set up a line that can be called anonymously. If a phone call comes in then a state office sends out the letter. It takes two letters to get a ticket. Some Hookah bars wondered if anyone should even worry about the smoking ban. Other Hookah bars closed.

For North Carolina cigaret smokers this rule may not be as severe.

Remember, California outlawed smoking back around 1997. But because cigarets are a person’s property and compact and mobile people have become accustomed to smoking quickly outside. But hookah bars are still running in CA, most likely, due to exemptions written into the law.

In North Carolina the hookah bars were not able to get this exemption. By not being written into the law, the Hookah bars are widely believed to be in violation of the law because these Hookah bars are serving Shisha inside of an establishment.

What can make this hard to report is that its all speculation. Some hookah bars have devoted themselves to pooling their money together and defending the first Hookah bar that has to go to court. Other Hookah bars have moved their Hookahs outside into the cold North Carolina elements and appear to be fully within the boundaries of the law.

Days before the law went into effect one hookah bar tweeted “F the smoking ban … We are still smoking … I am right now!!” Yet this same Tweeter who owns The Hookah Bar in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, actually said he complies with the smoke ban because he is now serving a tea based Hookah not tobacco.

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Hookah Bliss, has begun begging for a ticket so that they can take the state to court. Hookah Bliss bases its argument on accusations of hypocrisy. The cigar lounges were exempted. According to Hookah Bliss’s owner, Adam Bliss, this is because legislators and rich men smoke at the cigar lounges. And in this Bliss calls foul.

Juggling Gypsy also has all types of state. And now smoking a Hookah is truly an art

In Wilmington, North Carolina, a hookah bar, Juggling Gypsy, changed itself into an entertainment parlor and believes it complies to the Smoking ban because it places everyone smoking on a “stage,” to be filmed by an internet camera making them a performer. If everyone is a performer, say the Juggling Gypsy, then they are exempt though the loophole that says smoking is allowed on a stage and during a performance.

But the state has received 400 +complaints concerning state wide smoking violations. The state met with the Juggling Gypsy last week and says the ball is in their court now.

Oh and “Besides owners, individuals who refuse to snuff their smokes also could be fined $50.”

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Ed hardy Hookah to enhance your hookah smoking.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by Abraham Appel

When we looked at the Ed Hardy Hookah’s right after they were crafted, we felt we passed the phase of simply being a company with Ed Hardy Hookah art, and signatures;  to being a company that had become a legitimate competitor based on our craftsmanship.

Despite what many have said on the internet we care a lot about how the hookah “smokes.”  We care a lot about competing with the current big dogs of Argileh smoking. We do not feel that we would have any honor if we sold you a product that was cheaply made and ruined our company as soon as someone smoked out it.  We want to respect the long tradition of hookah with brining a beautiful looking and beautiful hitting Nargileh to the market.

A reply to Some Hookah forums

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2010 by Abraham Appel

I don’t know how to fit in at the Hookah forums. I’ve been kicked out many times for the Ed Hardy Hookah Blog. It seems that so many people have hidden agendas that when you are honest and say that you write for the Blog they assume you’re an agent and not a lover of hookah culture. And then you look at every forum after that as agents who will call you an agent. And then you don’t know why people hate A hookah that you like so much.

I write the blog to be honest, to share what I see as American hookah culture, and to hopefully create the best blog online for Hookah news. More than just products. The American and maybe world Hookah story should be covered with an eye on more than just selling products. Of course we want to sell our products but we want to be part of the Hookah culture as a whole as well. Not one-dimensional.

I can handle criticisms. but what has been so frustrating is that most critics say things like “just look at it.” Or I hope he sells it quick so that I don’t have to see it.” How can you hate something you have never seen and how can I really believe you if you wont go see it?

I try to explain at the blog that what you’re hating on is actually what you’re supporting. You see Ed hardy , the name as a big company instead of as the new start-up. So you say you’re defending Hookah culture but what really is being supported is a cultural rejection of Ed hardy hookah by those who already make huge money from Hookahs.

In the hookah world we at Ed hardy are the newer, small company. We have done well. But we are not an established company like the ones usually mentioned by people dismissing us out of hand. So we really do have to have a good product. Doesn’t mean its the greatest thing since sliced bread. But its a great looking Hookah, a well-built hookah. And people who have bought it have not treated it as less than a very nice smoking hookah.
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Hookah Bliss says stop the Hookapocrisy. Refuses to close

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Hookah Bliss owner Adam Bliss knows that the North Carolina government said that there is a tobacco ban now.

Hookah bliss myspace photo

Bliss knows that he was supposed to close. But The Hookah bar on Franklin Street refuses.  Bliss sees hypocrisies and double standards to large to ignore. In fact, Bliss would appreciate a few citations and a court date if North Carolina would be so kind.

See the Tobacco ban In North Carolina isn’t really a Tobacco ban entirely.  The Herald Sun reported the details like this.

There are exemptions. But Hookah bars are not included in the exemptions.

Cigar bars are exempted.

A cigar bar that makes 60 percent of its quarterly business from alcohol sales and at-least 25 percent of its quarterly sales from cigars is exempt.

Tobacco shops in North Carolina are also exempt because Tobacco shops makes at-least 75 percent of its quarterly revenue from the sale of Tobacco and Tobacco products while not serving food or alcohol.

And outside Patio smoking seems to acceptable.

Hookah Bliss says that to stay open it may have to change the whole vibe of his bar and stop selling drinks. Bliss tells the Herald Sun that it “makes you wonder whether this law was really about tobacco or alcohol.”

Bliss seems to be arguing that the logic of a bill that is going to take him out of business is to flimsy to destroy his life work, his investments.

Bliss’s logic seems to say that if you’re going to destroy all these businesses and claim it’s a health issue, then shouldn’t the richer cigar smokers have to join in for the peoples health. And if people are gonna lose their income, it should make more sense then this why their being forced to do it.

“(The state government says) this is an employee health issue. But they automatically exempted four different types of places, and notice all those places are where the rich older males go, where the legislators are more likely to go, and they’re saying that the employees that work in the places where they like to smoke do not deserve the protection that the average employee who works in an average bar deserves.”

This is not so much about a lawsuit as about fighting a ticket on the grounds that the law is unfair,” Bliss said to the news. “We are not going to stop serving and we are not closed.”

Hookah Bliss has not yet been ticketed. Tickets are possible if the Department of health receives a complaint. The Hookah bar gets 2 warnings and then will be ticketed 200 dollars.

Canton OH hookah bar closed.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Over  the weekend police in Cleveland closed down  Helios Shisha Lounge.

According to police quoted in Cleveland news sites, the Hookah bar owners were allowing kids into the Hookah bar.

“About six months ago, we started getting complaints from parents that their kids were coming to Canton to this hookah lounge to smoke this tobacco,” Police Lt. James Cole told Malcolm Hall of Canton Rep.com. “We did surveillance on it a couple times.” And on saturday police raided the Smoking lounge.


According to Canton Rep.com the police found  150 people in a Hookah bar that is allowed a maximum capacity of 47 and sales to children under 18. It is not clear if the sales are assumed because the kids under 18 were in the bar.

“What we found were between 150 to 160 people, (inside the smoking lounge)Police Lt. James Cole said told reporter Malcolm Hall.

“Probably 40 percent of the patrons in there were juveniles, ” Cole is quoted  as saying. “We closed it down. The youngest, I believe, was 15. I didn’t cite the kids. I took all their names and they will be used as witnesses,” Cole told the Canton Rep.com.

According to the Myspace page the owners may have thought they were complying with Law,  because they warn that you must be 18 and over to purchase Tobacco products. But the law seems to be like a liquor bar where you must be 21 and over to enter. It remains to be seen if this becomes a defense that Helios Shisha Lounge takes up.


response to overstatements

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by Abraham Appel

When I started at Ed Hardy Hookah I made a commitment to be honest, fair and to appreciate hookah culture even over the Ed hardy brand. The reason this is so important to me is because Hookah companies and their bosses today spend so much time rejecting each-other they ruin Hookah culture for the readers.

I don’t want Ed Hardy Hookah to ever be seen or act as the scared, half truth telling company that I know many other Hookah and Tobacco companies are. So many Hookah Tobacco companies act like scared and weak people forever afraid that someone will buy another tobacco or hookah. or go to another hookah bar. We need to change hookahs companies to be about the Hookah culture and its patron, not the hookah Tobacco company.

proud of our Ed hardy Hookah's

This  afraid and defensive personality permeates Hookah lounges and Hookah companies and Tobacco shops across our industry. It’s why hookah forums and the hookah community can get so twisted. It’s why so many customers never fully appreciate Hookah culture. The customer is treated like they have to be loyal to us instead of us being loyal to the customer.

Ed hardy Hookah site being revamped call to order your hookahs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Abraham Appel

We should have told you in advance but we’re revamping the Ed hardy Hookah Website. We took the whole thing off line to fix it. To order your hookahs Just call 1 310 503 1205 and treat this Blog as the website for the time being. We also have our face book and myspace groups up.

Ed hardy Hookah believes in communication and connecting with our friends who smoke with us. We know that Hookah companies today expect customers to line up and appreciate us. But at Ed hardy hookah we aim to create a partnership of one tribe partaking in the sacred smoke. Together. equal.