A Detroit suburb known for an abundance of hookah cafes has ordered that no new ones be opened in the next six months.
On a 5-2 vote last week, the Dearborn City Council approved a 180-day moratorium on new hookah cafes or cigar bars.
The move comes amid concern that some establishments are operating illegally and hurting the community’s health.
Moratorium opponents say it will harm business and unfairly targets establishments popular with Arab Americans. Dearborn has a large Arab population.
Hadi Hamade, who is manager at hookah supplies store Hookah Zone, said this could help his business when people who frequent cafes are looking for their own hookah supplies.
“It might slow down how quick I am moving my cases and my product, but the benefit is I would be making more money in the long run,” said Hamade. “I feel if something makes you happy, you should do it.”
Hookahs are water pipes smoked with flavored tobacco that are popular in the Arab world. Critics say they cause health problems and tobacco addictions among young people.
Troy restricted hours at hookah cafes last year because officials said they were attracting trouble.