LANGUAGE

Virginia Department of Health v. Kepa, Inc.

The Virginia Department of Health challenged an interpretation of the state’s clean indoor air law that exempted a café and hookah lounge from the law’s smoking restrictions. In the final decision of this long-running case, the state Supreme Court determined that the law applies to any restaurant even if the restaurant is combined with another business, such as a tobacco retailer. The court concluded that the smoking prohibitions in the state law apply to the hookah lounge.