Masala Twist Now Offering Hookah Smoking

Posted on: June 2nd, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The recently-opened Masala Twist at 189 East Houston is diversifying its fast food offering with another twist.  A lung irritant.  Hookah smoking.  According to a laminated menu hanging in the door, the Indian joint will offer a host of Shisha flavors at wallet-busting prices.

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Depending on the blend, you could be out between $15 and $30.

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The New York Times published an article just last week on Hookah smoking and how it’s more dangerous than cigarettes…

In California, Connecticut and Oregon, state lawmakers have introduced bills that would ban or limit hookah bars, and similar steps have been taken in cities in California and New York. Boston and Maine have already ended exemptions in their indoor-smoking laws that had allowed hookah bars to thrive.

Many young adults are misled by the sweet, aromatic and fruity quality of hookah smoke, which causes them to believe it is less harmful than hot, acrid cigarette smoke. In fact, because a typical hookah session can last up to an hour, with smokers typically taking long, deep breaths, the smoke inhaled can equal 100 cigarettes or more, according to a 2005 study by the World Health Organization.

Time to re-pack the bowl.

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