WHO's shocking report regarding hookah
The Government of Karnataka has banned smoking 'Hookah'. According to the government, this ban has been taken keeping in mind the health and safety of the people. The government has banned the sale, purchase and promotion of hookah products with immediate effect. The state health department has issued a notification regarding this. In this, there is a ban on the sale, storage, advertisement and promotion of all types of hookah products.
The World Health Organization had released the data of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17. According to the survey, 22 percent of the youth of Karnataka consume tobacco, out of which 8.8 percent are drug addicts. According to WHO report, 23.9 percent youth are coming in contact with tobacco smoke in public places. On the basis of this data, the Karnataka government has decided to ban hookah.
45 minutes of hookah is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
The government order also took into account studies that show how 45 minutes of hookah smoking is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes. It is very harmful for health. It is known that Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao had hinted at banning hookah a few days ago.
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According to the government, this ban has been imposed keeping in mind the health and safety of the people. Last year, the state fire control and fire safety law was violated in the fire accident that took place at a hookah bar in Koramangala, Bengaluru. Many people were affected in this accident.
Action will be taken under these laws
Violation of the order will attract penalties under COTPA (Cigarette and Tobacco Products Act 2003), Food Safety and Quality Act 2006, Child Care and Protection Act 2015, Karnataka Poison (Possession and Sale) Rules 2015 and Indian Penal Code, the state government order said. Action will be taken under the code.