From green to red: How SF's oldest smoke shop is hurting from the vaping ban

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Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

Pipe Dreams is the oldest smoke shop in San Francisco.

Pipe Dreams is the oldest smoke shop in San Francisco.

Photo: Dan Gentile

Pipe Dreams is the oldest smoke shop in San Francisco.

Pipe Dreams is the oldest smoke shop in San Francisco.

Photo: Dan Gentile From g reen to red: How SF's oldest smoke shop is hurting from the vaping ban 1  /  23 Back to Gallery

There's no smoking allowed in the oldest smoke shop in San Francisco, but that doesn't mean you won't feel a bit of a contact high just from walking in.

Located in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, Pipe Dreams emanates its psychedelic vibe with wafts of incense, walls lined with glass water pipes and a ceiling papered with vintage Grateful Dead posters (scroll through the slideshow to see them).

But a lot has changed since it opened in 1968, including two new owners, the legalizing of cannabis, and most recently, the controversy surrounding vaping. For Joshua Council and Cassandra Chatham, who’ve run the shop since 2015, the latest wave of health scares cements how they’ve always felt about cannabis and tobacco.

“Smoking herbs was the way to do it for a couple thousand years; I don’t know why we decided now to improve that,” said co-owner Joshua Council.

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