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Hookah Lounge Owner Will Try Again

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    Hookah lounge owner will apply for zoning again after business was shut down twice last year.

    The owner of the Olive Tree Hookah Lounge in Milford is hoping the third time's the charm for his smoking hangout.

    Sammer Karout is filing for zoning approval on Monday after health officials shut down his business twice last year, the New Haven Register reports.

    Karout appealed and a hearing officer ruled in his favor. The ruling said patrons would be permitted to smoke hookahs so long as precautions are taken to not spread disease.

    A hookah is a water pipe for smoking flavored tobacco or herbs.

    City Health Director Dr. A. Dennis McBridetells the Register that smoking s hookah is a substantial health risk due to the dangers of the smoke itself and the risk of contracting a disease through sharing pipes.

    He has appealed the hearing officer's recommendation.

    There are at least four hookah lounges in Connecticut - in West Hartford, Fairfield and New Haven.