BENGALURU,Feb 8: The state government has banned sales, consumption, possession, advertising, promotion and storage of hookah products in Karnataka.
On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Family Welfare issued a notification saying that hookah bars not only risk the spread of communicable diseases such as herpes, tuberculosis, hepatitis and Covid due to the direct contact with one’s mouth but they also pose fire safety risks and violate fire safety norms.
The order outlined how hookah consumption in hotels, bars and restaurants made food consumption unsafe for the general public and could negatively impact their health.
Therefore, in the interest of the general public’s health, the government has banned hookah with and without tobacco or nicotine, flavoured and unflavoured hookah, sheesha and molasses hookah, and all other types of hookah with immediate effect.
Those violating the order would be booked under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, and other acts.