Edited by: Alert India Desk, Chandigarh [ Published on: March 30, 2018 12:10[IST ]
Chandigarh: The Punjab Assembly passed a bill that provide for imposing a permanent ban on the “Hooka Bars” in the State.
The reason behind the move to reducing the use of tobacco in various forms. The Bill was moved by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra. The Cigarettes and other tobacco products ( Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production , Supply and Distribution) ( Punjab Amendment )Bill.
The Health Minister inform the State Assembly that the reason behind the Amendment to the 2003 Act was to provide for prohibition of “Hooka” Or ” Sheesha” bars in the State.
The new trend of Hooka -sheesha smoking is increasing day by day and these bars are being opened in restaurant, hotels, club and even in marriage places. He said”
“Hookah/sheesha bars are just like drug consumption rooms and they are a new threat to our youth. The owners of such cafes are providing every facility to our youth for soft drug addiction in a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The most harmful ingredient in hookah is nicotine, which is known to be carcinogenic,” he said.
The youth, including girls, are using hard and soft drugs in hookah and sheesha bars, he said.
At present, prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC are promulgated against all hookah bars in all the districts of the state for two months, with an extension required at the end of the period.