SALT LAKE CITY -- A proposed rule by Utah health officials would prohibit hookah smoking in popular bars and other public places.
The state Department of Health wants to ban the hookahs because of concerns over secondhand smoke.
Smoking cigarettes and most other forms of tobacco inside public places is already against state law, but hookahs have been permitted because the tobacco is heated instead of burned.
Two Utah counties passed hookah bans in 2010 by claiming tobacco smoke is not allowed in a public place, regardless of how it is created.
Multiple bars in the Salt Lake City area offer hookahs for patrons to smoke.
A public hearing is scheduled for the hookah ban Monday afternoon in Salt Lake City.