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. 


Virginia Department of Health v. Kepa, 766 S.E.2d 884, Court of Appeals of Virginia (2015).

  • United States
  • Jan 8, 2015
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia


Plaintiff Virginia Department of Health

Defendant Kepa, Inc. d/b/a She-Sha Cafe and Hookah Lounge

Legislation Cited

Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act, Code § 15.2-2820 et seq.

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