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North Hempstead eyes new limits on vape stores, hookah bars

North Hempstead Town Hall is seen in this

North Hempstead Town Hall is seen in this undated photo. Photo Credit: Town of North Hempstead

North Hempstead may soon enforce new limits on vape stores and hookah bars, which will continue to be discussed at next month’s board meeting.

The initial public hearing on Tuesday was kept open, in order to allow time for review by the Nassau County Planning Commission.

“The goal is really to protect children from ill effects,” said Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, who helped draft the legislation.

The proposed law would limit indoor smoking establishments to industrial and business zones, effectively barring them from opening near homes or public places such as schools, parks and churches.

Town Planning Commissioner Michael Levine said that the law would not be affected by municipal boundaries, which means that indoor smoking establishments would also not be permitted to open near public places in bordering towns, such as Hempstead.

The public hearing will be continued to August 9.

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