[box_dark]14 people booked by police
even now a couple of Hookah bars functioning
Hookah is as toxic as Cigarettes[/box_dark]
The police yesterday sealed the hotel CTF(Chills Thrills Frills) situated at Swaroop Plaza Shukurwar peth. The police also seized hookah’s, music system etc from the hotel in which also liquor bottle was seized. The police had raided the place on Thursday evening after complaints that there was hookah being served and also loud music was being played.
On Thursday a birthday party was arranged there and about 11 youngsters of a medical college majority of them who were not local lites were dancing to the tunes of DJ music.
The same restaurant was earlier raided and sealed by the corporation but it had commenced operations again. This time the police intervened and sealed the place as the hookah parlor was illegally run under the name of a hotel.
The lady owner and her daughter along with 3 girls and 8 boys have been charged under the IPC.
Even now as this hookah bar has been sealed there are a few places where in still the hookah is being served like the one on Kirloskar road.
The Hookah owners in many states have approached the high court against the sealing of their business and in all cases the High court has maintained that Hookah should be banned in public places.
Take this case, A 20-year-old hookah junkie had to undergo angioplasty to remove a 100 per cent blockage in his right coronary artery from Ahemdabad.
[box_light]HOOKAH AS TOXIC AS CIGARETTE
Also known as shisha, a hookah is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hose. Specially-made tobacco is heated, and the smoke passes through water. This is then drawn through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece. Doctors say, tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe. Also, it is only a myth that the water in the hookah filters out toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke.
Hookah smokers may inhale 100 to 200 times more smoke than what they would while puffing a cigarette. The shisha contains a lot of the same carcinogens and toxins as does a cigarette.[/box_light]
What the Act says
The official said that The Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003 also gives the power to the police, besides the civic authority, to implement ban on smoking in public places.
With inputs from: ahmedabadmirror, The Hindu