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“I will continue smoking in restaurants and coffee shops and police can arrest me, I don’t care,” Zeghayer said.

Firas Hawari, a specialist at Jordan’s main cancer center, said doctors have seen an increase in both the number of smokers and the diseases resulting from smoking in recent years. He said that smoking is responsible for 25 percent of cancer cases among males in Jordan, including lung, head, neck and bladder cancers, as well as the majority of chronic diseases and high blood pressure.

Yet cigarettes are available at grocery stores, coffee shops and street kiosks. In smoke-filled coffee shops, minors are usually part of the clientele, sharing a water pipe. In some households, it is socially acceptable for minors to light the hookah for their parents.

Alsaleh, the hookah shop owner, said he was considering filing a lawsuit to try and stop the ban. Others say they’ll ignore it.

Meanwhile, some of the worst smoking offenders can be found lighting up under the dome of Jordan’s parliament - the same lawmakers who passed the bill in the first place.