Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 13, 2014

Hookah lounge eyes downtown

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Board of Health Chairwoman Candace Martin said she was concerned about the proposed business because hookah smoke, lacking all the additives and addictive qualities of cigarettes, “is not as bad, but it’s still bad.”

“I would rather promote a special environment where people are going to eat healthy foods than people going to a smoking lounge,” she said.

Board member Gopala Dwarakanath, however, said he was less inclined to reject the idea without reading up on it.

“I would personally like to learn a little bit more about it rather than just dismissing it,” he said. “We need to have a discussion.”

In addition to the Health Department’s approval, Fig and Lux would need to go before the town’s Building Department before it could open to determine if the business is allowed under current downtown zoning regulations, Carbone said.

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