Kansas legislators are trying to determine what they should do, if anything, to regulate hookah.
But first, several of them have to determine exactly what hookah is.
“Having lived a very sheltered life in southeast Kansas, I had to Google this to even find out what it was,” Rep. Jim Kelly, a Republican from Independence, said during an information hearing on the subject last week.
Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco.
To Hani Chahine, they’re also a focal point for social gatherings and commerce.