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Judge says hookah falls under SD's smoking ban

RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City judge says hookah consumption does fall under South Dakota's ban on smoking in public places.

Circuit Court Judge Jeff Davis's ruling means the Ifrits Hookah Lounge in Rapid City can no longer sell alcohol.

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The statewide smoking ban prohibits businesses that sell tobacco from also selling booze.

Hookah involves using water pipes with burning charcoal to ingest tobacco.

City attorneys say the byproduct of hookah is smoke. Ifrits contends that vapor — not smoke — is exhaled. Judge Davis disagreed.

Ifrits Hookah Lounge has a month to appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court.