28 Mar '14, 2pm

Singapore's relaxed shisha scene under threat from over-regulation, being pushed underground - ST 2014; Mar 28

Singapore's relaxed shisha scene under threat from over-regulation, being pushed underground - ST 2014; Mar 28

SINGAPORE - Behind an inconspicuous white door in a Kampong Glam shophouse, about 30 people sit shrouded in fruit-scented smoke. They are smoking shisha at an illegal joint - one of at least three such places in the area. Shisha smoking is allowed only if it is done outdoors and within designated smoking areas. Businesses with smoking licences are allowed to offer shisha in 20 per cent of their outdoor space. To rake in extra cash, some have secretly converted their second-floor shophouse units into additional shisha dens. At least one locks its customers in a room. MyPaper found that the only way a customer could go in and out was to wait for staff to open the door. Inside, customers sprawl on sofas and cushions smoking shisha in the enclosed room - windows tightly shut, save for a small one in the attached bathroom. About 15 pipes dotted the room, which was about the siz...

Full article: http://www.soshiok.com/content/illegal-shisha-smoke-and-m...

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