Government bans serving of Hookah in hotels and restaurants

To curb down the usage of Hookah in non-smoking areas, the government has banned the serving of the hubble-bubble at restaurants.

Additional, hotels and restaurants serving Hookah will now have to display a warning at smoking areas stating the harmful effects of smoking tabbaco on you and on non-smokers around you.

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The notification issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated, "In exercise of the power conferred by Section 31 of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, the government notifies that no service shall be allowed in any smoking area or space provided for smoking,"

The ministry has also attempted to regulate the sale of Hookahs to anyone who's under the age of 18.

The statement released by the ministry also mentioned that the board displayed outside the smoking areas should have a minimum size of 60x30 cm, with a white background and a warning message displayed in English and at least one Indian language.

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