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Mar 24,2014 - Last updated at Mar 24,2014

About seven years ago, I saw a small glass room filled with a cloud of smoke at the airport of an Arab Gulf country.

I thought even if I were a cigarette smoker, I would never expose myself or my clothes to such toxic smoke.

That was the first time I saw a smoking room at an airport. Now such rooms exist at almost every airport, including Queen Alia International Airport. 

The purpose of these rooms is to allow smokers to practise their bad habit freely, without exposing others to any danger.

What surprises me is that our authorities are now concerned about the health of coffee shop nargileh smokers, among all others.

Shouldn’t they be more concerned about the health of public sector employees, particularly the non-smokers, such as pregnant women?

Wouldn’t it be better to enforce the law that was passed long ago in government buildings, the same way it is implemented in the offices of several private companies?

We have three children. I started smoking nargileh over 20 years ago. I never smoke it at home, but rather in coffee shops.

Even when we go as a family to a restaurant that offers hookah, I do not order it, so that I do not practise my bad habit in front of the children, although I do not deny smoking it.

Do officials think that people have the strong will to quit smoking the moment coffee shops are forbidden from offering hubble bubbles?

If nargilehs are forbidden in coffee shops (the smoking rooms), who guarantees that smokers will not start smoking in their houses, in front of their children?

Who says that forbidding hookahs in coffee shops will not result in smoking at home, thus endangering the health all of the entire family?

Nizar S. Sawalha,
Amman

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