classification of a hookah bar?

A client wants to operate a tobacco shop. In a room that is 1700 sf he wants to sell tobacco related products and hookahs (for smoking tobacco), but also sell tobacco directly to customers to take home or smoke in the shop. He has about 1/3 retail display and the rest is tables, chairs, 2 pool tables, and a elevated area for a musician. He is not selling food or drink. If this is classified an A occupancy of any kind he could not open this shop because it would require fire sprinklers and a two hour area separation wall between this 1700 sf space and another retail space next door. Could this be classified as M like the retail space next to this portion?

Thanks for your consideration.
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The reasoning that I have heard used on classifying restaurants as a higher hazard A-occupancy versus a B occupancy is that the occupants are impared by drinking alcoholic beverages. It would be logical that if you can confirm the occupant load is less than 50 (and that they are only smoking tobacco and not some other substances that might impare judgement in an emergency) that the M occupancy would be appropriate.
calculate the occupant load
if below for the so called assembly area than it is a "B"

what pushes the sprinkler requirement if it is classified as an "A"??? local admendment???

if he can get creative and keep the assembly area to 750 sq ft and below than would be a "B"

even the platform for the musician is 15 / sq ft
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