City of Vancouver v. Abdolabbas Abdiannia

Two hookah bars challenged a law that prohibits smoking or burning substances in commercial establishments. The court found that the law applied to the hookah bars because warming of herbal shisha was considered “burning”. The court rejected arguments that the smoking law was overly broad and that it violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, finding no connection between smoking hookahs and religion. 


Vancouver (City) v. Abdiannia, 2015 BCSC 1058 (CanLII).

  • Canada
  • Jun 19, 2015
  • Supreme Court of British Columbia


Plaintiff City of Vancouver

Defendant Abdolabbas Abdiannia Carrying on Business As Ahwaz Hookah House

Legislation Cited

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Vancouver Health Bylaw 9535

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