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CORINTH, Miss. (AP) – Alex Al-Quawwas wants to expand his business with a hookah lounge, where which people would be able to smoke a non-tobacco product using a hookah.

The issue before Corinth officials is whether the activity violates the city’s public smoking ban, according to the Daily Corinthian (http://bit.ly/RD1xbu).

A hookah is an instrument generally used for smoking flavored tobacco. It includes a water basin through which the smoke passes before inhalation.

Al-Quawwas, who owns JT’s Falafel and Kababs, says he would supply the hookahs, which he described as like a water pipe; people would not bring hookahs to the business. Al-Quawwas said it would be the only smoking product his business would offer

The board of aldermen delayed a decision until the city attorney receives more information on the product.

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