A worker perforates tin foil to cover the tobaco as he prepares a water pipe for a client at a cafe in the Jordanian capital Amman on February 3, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
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AMMAN: There's no smoke without ire: A ban on water pipes in restaurants and cafes has caused uproar in Jordan where $1 billion worth of tobacco goes up in smoke every year.Under a decision based on a 2008 law that was not previously enforced, the government has announced that by the end of 2014 the licenses of more than 5,000 establishments that serve nargileh will be revoked."This decision will definitely have a negative impact on us and mean thousands of people lose their jobs," cafe manager Emran Torsha said.His popular Jafra cafe in central Amman serves around 2,000 customers daily, half of them smokers.Health Minister Ali Hiasat is adamant, vowing that Jordan will be free of nargileh smoking by the end of 2014 .Smoking nargileh is both popular and cheap in Jordan, where delivery companies supplying water pipes have sprung up across the kingdom.
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