The surge in hookah and hookah bars in the US has brought a number of dangerous consequences.
Some bars have closed, and the number of people who have died from alcohol poisoning and overdoses is on the rise.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is calling for more stringent enforcement, and a new state law would require hotel owners to notify law enforcement if there are any unsupervised hookah users.
But these incidents have been largely ignored, at least by some in Washington.
That changed last week when a Washington hotel and casino called The Crown dropped its sponsorship of the Washington State Fair and began to offer free hookah drinks at all of its events.
The hotel also started accepting tips for hookah customers, which raised questions about how it was handling security.
The Crown released a statement explaining that the company “continues to have no information regarding any reports of any security breach at The Crown.”
But there is one thing we know for sure: The Crown, and its owners, are now the target of public outrage.
This article has been updated to reflect a correction to the hotel’s statement.
The Washington State Liquor Control Commission is also investigating The Crown for the security breach.
The story originally said that The Crown had been dropped by the hotel.
The restaurant’s statement said it had dropped its endorsement of the fair.
The Associated Press’ Matt Besser contributed to this report.