The owner of the Palmyr chicha bar in Central Brussels told the Brussels regional news site Brusselnieuws.be that “It’s like asking a restaurant to stop serving food.”
"When we started up they assured us that the smoking ban wouldn’t come in until 2014. So we were very surprised when we heard that it would be brought in from 1 July 2011.“
Around 40 Brussels chicha bars have sought legal advice to try and fight a solution. The ban on smoking could well also spell the end for chicha bars.