<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hookahs will no longer be permitted in smoking zones at hotels, restaurants and airports in the city as the Delhi government on Tuesday ordered the police and civic bodies to cancel the licenses of all eateries allowing it.Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain announced that hookah smoking would not be allowed in smoking or non-smoking zones in the national Capital, and the Delhi Police and municipal corporations should immediately cancel the licences of restaurants or eateries having hookah bars. “The minister has made it clear that hookah smoking is not allowed in non-smoking zones as per section 4 of COTPA (Cigarette & other Tobacco Products Act),” the government said in a statement.Stating an estimate by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government said,”An hour-long hookah session comprises 200 puffs compared to 30 puffs in a cigarette, but a number of hookah bars have been ‘flourishing’ flouting anti-tobacco rules and laws.”It, further, said that the state tobacco control cell has conducted several raids in various parts of the city and the chemical analysis of picked up samples have shown the presence of nicotine in a significant amount.”The samples though were claimed to be herbal in nature,” the statement added.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government also pulled up the police and civic bodies for not taking appropriate action against “illegally” running hookah bars in the last four years.”However, the action is yet awaited and the violations are still going on in many parts of Delhi. It has been noticed that hookah smoking is rampant in restaurants/eateries/hotels in metropolitan cities including Delhi these days, and has unfortunately become status symbol even in family functions,” it said.Earlier on October 9, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had sought replies from the Ministry of Environment of Forests, Delhi government, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the police on the wide existence of hookah bars in the restaurants and eateries across the city. Hearing a plea filed by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, a BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden, seeking an immediate ban on hookah bars in the national Capital, the green panel had also directed the government to furnish a list of all restaurants and bars in the city which permit hookah smoking within their premises.FALLING IN LINEDelhi Minister Satyendar Jain announced that hookah smoking would not be allowed in smoking or non-smoking zones in the national Capital. The Delhi govt pulled up the police and civic bodies for not taking action against“illegal” hookah bars.
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