‘Hookah bars’ banned in Gurgaon

Gurgaon : Authorities in Gurgaon Monday imposed a ban on the running of “Hookah bars” in the entire district with immediate effect.

District Magistrate P.C. Meena Monday invoked Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code to impose the ban.

The order issued to this effect says that “Hookah Bars” were serving tobacco molasses containing nicotine which is injurious to health of the people, especially the college students and youth.

“The people and young generations are being spoilt by these illegally running Hookah Bars,” the order said.

Meena said that taking the health hazards caused by tobacco into account, the operation of Hookah Bars has been prohibited in the entire district with immediate effect.

Health and district authorities in various districts of Haryana, especially Gurgaon and Panchkula, had last month conducted raids on Hookah bars following complaints that these were promoting tobacco products.

Following test reports, two Hookah Bars in Panchkula were asked to close shop as the quantity of nicotine in their products was found to be more than the permissible limit.

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