The Delhi government has banned hookah bars in the capital city as well they order the Delhi Police and the Municipal Corporations to cancel the licenses of all restaurants with hookah bars.
On Tuesday the Health Minister Satyendra Jain stated that the hookah smoking is not allowed in non-smoking zones as per Section 4 of COTPA (Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act), and also in the smoking zones.
In the month of May, He said that the Centre had issued the notification in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and now then using of hookahs will be completely banned.
“Therefore, hookah bars in any form are illegal and Delhi Police and the Municipal Corporations should cancel the licenses of such restaurants, eateries, and hotels where such illegal Hookah bars are operating,” Jain said.
Jain said that the State Tobacco Control Cell has conducted several raids in different parts of the Delhi reportedly, and the chemical analysis picked “has shown the presence of nicotine insignificant amount in almost all the samples”.
In spite, there is news that they said they were using herbal products for the hookahs.
“In this regard, a series of letters have been written to the Delhi Police and municipal bodies in the last four years to initiate action against these illegally running hookah bars and save the younger generation from the harmful effects of tobacco.
“However, the action is still awaited and the violations are still going on in many parts of Delhi,” he said.
Hookah is a popular choice of smoking, by senior citizens in the rural areas. But over the last few years, somehow hookah became popular among the urban youth.
“People consider hookah a safe alternative to smoking without realizing that it is even more harmful and has an adverse impact on their health.
“According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a one-hour long hookah session comprises 200 puffs compared to 30 puffs of a cigarette,” Jain said.
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