Gandhinagar, February 24: In order to stop smoking in hookah bars as it is dangerous as well, Gujarat Assembly passed an amendment bill on banning hookah bars. The shutdown of hookah bar has been included under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Bill, 2017 which was passed earlier.The Gujarat Assembly cleared an amendment bill which stated a total ban on hookah bars. If anyone doesn’t abides by the bill a maximum of three years jail term will be imposed on the particular joint or individual. This decision has come to prevent the youth from getting addicted from any of the tobacco or alcoholic products. After the announcement all the hookah bars have been asked to shut down with immediate effect.
After all smoking hookah is injurious to one’s health and can affect in negative ways. The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products COTP (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution)(Gujarat Amendment), Bill, 2017 doesn’t covers the hookah bars in it. Hence the amendment bill was passed by the Gujarat Assembly on Thursday.
Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja said that smoking a hookah is far more injurious to health than a cigarette. Since hookah was not covered under the COTP Act, we have brought this Bill to make necessary amendments in the law to cover all kinds of activities associated with hookah bars. Our aim is to protect our youth from this deadly addiction.
Hence from now onwards under this amendment bill running a hookah bar in Gujarat will be considered as a crime. Running a hookah bar will be considered as a cognizable offence which would attract a maximum fine of Rs 50,000 and a jail term up to three years, he added.