Loophole allows Ore. hookah lounges to open

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Hookah lounges are proliferating in Oregon thanks to a loophole in a law designed to prohibit smoking in workplaces.

The law allows people in smoke shops to sample tobacco. So, the Eugene Register-Guard reports, more than 60 lounges allow customers to smoke tobacco products in the tall water pipes.

A bill working its way through the Legislature would prohibit smoke shops from seating more than four people. But the measure wouldn't apply to businesses already open.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com