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Delhi Police and the Municipal Corporations were asked to promptly cancel licenses of eateries with hookah bars, as ordered by the Delhi government. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on 31st October that hookah smoking isn’t permitted in non-smoking & smoking zones.
Satyendar Jain on this note was also quoted saying, “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 Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 1 hour long hookah session comprises 200 puffs compared to 30 puffs of a cigarette. 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.”
It was almost inevitable when the notification about the same came through back in month of May this year for banning hookahs by the Centre via Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Meanwhile, surprise raids conducted by the State Tobacco Control Cell in various locations found “significant amounts of nicotine” in samples after running chemical analyses. The order was effectuated under Section 4 of COTPA (Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act)
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