My son is 17 and just starting to go out and hang with his friends (we live 25 miles from town, so his social life has been a bit more limited than many teens). One of the places they hang out is a hookah lounge (for those not in the know, a hookah is a type of pipe used to smoke herbs… apparently legal for underage kids.)
The place sponsors a teen night for kids 13-17 and this is when my son goes and they do karaoke and have pizza, but no hookahs. A couple of my son’s friends go on that night and their parents keep an eye on things. But on weekends, the place admits the 18-20 crowd and that is when it becomes a “hookah lounge”. Granted, there is no alcohol and no (tobacco) smoking, but I’m concerned. I’m not sure I want my son experimenting with any kind of smoking or even being in an establishment that deems smoking–even non-tobacco–acceptable or encourages it. For now, he cannot attend “hookah” nights because he is under 18 and my husband and I have made it clear that we don’t want him smoking ANYTHING, even when he gets to be 18.
I guess I’m just curious as to how widespread this fad is. Anyone else have any info on this? Thanks.