I agree, people tend to blow this kind of thing way out of proportion. Two of my closest and dearest friends who led me into the Catholic faith, when we visit, we usually end up smoking tobacco from the hookah one friend brought back from Iraq. I enjoy it very much. Its just like anything else; most anything can be addictive for someone with addictive tendencies, I'd be much more worried about my kids being addicted to McDonald's and Dr. Pepper than going to a hookah bar...
But, on that note, I'd probably be a bit worried about the place and what other kinds of questionable mess they might get in to, but then if my kids are anything like me, it doesn't really matter. If they're going to do it they will and they'll be so good at concealing it that they'll do it right behind your suspicious back without you even having a clue. It all comes down to what kind of kids they are and how good a job we do instilling God's values in them.
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I am 44 years old, and both of my sons are grown now, and faithful in their parishes. So, that's my qualifier, LOL. When my oldest son first approached me about a new Hookah Lounge in our town, I, too, was suspicious. But, he wanted me to GO WITH HIM and check it out!
Now, back when I was in high school, (and smoking something a lot more dangerous) I did NOT want my parents going with me anywhere! ;) So, the fact that he wanted me to come put me at ease right away. And yes, I went! So did my mom! And, it was great. Not my scene, really, but I am glad I went.
Our society is so indoctrinated by 'anti-smoking' propaganda that we automatically feel like we should be against anything involving 'smoking', but the herbs at hookah bars are very different. Be informed! Research it, go with your kids. Being a part of our kids lives was such a blessing to us, and we ended up with some really awesome young men because of it.