Is it lawful in Houston for eateries or restaurants to permit hookah smoking next to diners?
The answer to this question is:
Smoking is banned inside eateries but is allowed in outside seating areas of bars and restaurants, as per the City of Houston’s Smoking Ordinance.
As a result, smoking, including hookah, must be prohibited within restaurants but permitted in outside seating areas irrespective of the vicinity to other customers.
However, hookah facilities and nightclubs that have a smoking room permit are exempt, according to VeryWell Mind.
Even though food is sometimes served at some restaurants, hookah is the main highlight of these places.