Salina puts 90-day ban on vapor, hookah bars

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SALINA, Kansas (AP) – No hookah lounges or vapor bars will be able to open in Salina for at least 90 days while city officials study regulations governing the businesses.

The Salina City Commission voted Monday to impose a 90-day ban on the businesses. Two vapor bars that recently opened will be allowed to stay in business.

The Salina Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss rules for hookah lounges and vapor bars at its April 1 meeting.

In hookah bars, users inhale smoke through a water pipe. A vapor bar uses e-cigarettes.

The current city code doesn’t address such businesses.

City attorney Greg Bengtson said hookah lounges would violate current city rules if they use tobacco. Vapor bars don’t violate the city’s smoking ban.

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