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Shisha ban may spell the end of Singapore’s hookah cafes

Hookahs on display at a market stall.
Hookahs on display at a market stall. Image by Michael Coghlan / CC BY-SA 2.0

The import, distribution and sale of shisha, a type of tobacco smoked in a hookah (water pipe), will be banned in Singapore from later this month. The ruling comes as another blow to the city’s shisha cafes, after around half of the outlets in Kampong Glam had their outdoor smoking licenses revoked last year. As a transitional measure, existing licensed tobacco importers and retailers who import or sell shisha tobacco will be allowed to continue until 31 July, 2016. Read more: channelnewsasia.com