Two men smoke a water pipe in this file photo.
Two men smoke a water pipe in this file photo. Credit: Alaa al-Marjani/AP/TT.

Malmö cracks down on illegal water-pipe cafes

5:22 min

As police tamp down on illegal water-pipe cafes, patrons say the efforts may cause more harm than good.

Backed by an injection of central government money, Malmö’s authorities are raiding and shutting down the city’s water-pipe, or shisha or hookah, clubs.

Most patrons have immigrant backgrounds and go to the clubs to smoke flavored tobacco that is filtered through water. But smoking tobacco inside restaurants and bars is illegal in Sweden.

So how do those who frequent the clubs feel about the onslaught on their favourite vice? Radio Sweden visited a club in Malmö and spoke with police about why they are carrying out the crackdown.

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