شنبه ۵ فروردین ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۰۱:۰۴
Iranians can once more enjoy a traditional narghile water pipe at eateries and cafes after the lifting of a ban aimed at preventing opium addicts and women from smoking. Reports say the move, which comes just days before the government's mandate expires on August 3, modified the existing ban on smoking tobacco in public places to allow for "consumption in restaurants and traditional cafes."
Police banned the narghile, which has nevertheless continued to be smoked by thousands of Iranian men, earlier this year in the hope of preventing youths smoking tobacco mixed with opium but also to dissuade the Islamic Republic's women from smoking.
The narghile is an oriental water pipe consisting of a tube, through which tobacco smoke is drawn, and a burner stands on top of a round water container through which the smoke is drawn and cooled.