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Iran bans women, youth from smoking water-pipe 

Jump to full article: Agence France Presse (AFP) (fr), 2002-08-08


Authorities have banned women, as well as youth under the age of 25, from smoking the Middle Eastern water pipe, or narguileh, in Tehran's restaurants and cafes, owners said Thursday.

"The police have asked us to hang a notice to inform our clients of the ban", a restaurant owner in Darakeh, a northern suburb of Tehran said.

The open air Kebab restaurants on the hills of Darakeh, and other areas in north Tehran, attract thousands of young people every evening, who come to dine, smoke a narguileh while sitting on low rug-covered mattresses, and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

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