Brookhaven officials are weighing a town law intended to restrict the proliferation of hookah stores and vape shops.
Stores that offer indoor smoking lounges would be required to obtain a special permit from the town planning board under a law proposed by town council members Daniel Panico and Jane Bonner. A public hearing on the proposed law is scheduled for May 12 at Town Hall in Farmingville.
The proposed law would ban indoor smoking lounges within 500 feet of homes and 1,000 feet of public places such as schools, libraries, parks and places of worship. The text of the proposed law states there are “documented health risks” linked to smoking, electronic cigarettes and vapors such as those inhaled by users of hookah pipes.
“Indoor smoking establishments have also been associated with certain illegal and antisocial activities including underage drinking,” the resolution states. “There are inherent dangers to the smoking of tobacco including the exposure of smoking to children and an increase in the potential for minors to associate smoking of tobacco with a healthy lifestyle.”
Measures restricting hookah shops have been enacted in Port Jefferson, Lindenhurst, Glen Cove, Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza and Great Neck Estates. Islip Town and New Hyde Park Village are weighing similar measures.