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Statewide Ban On Sale And Consumption Of Hookah In Karnataka | Learn More

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The Karnataka government, led by Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, has announced a statewide ban on hookah smoking. The decision, driven by the recognition of serious health risks associated with hookah use.

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The Health Minister, in a post on X, explicitly stated, “Statewide ban on hookah to protect public health and youth.” The government’s commitment to public welfare is evident in this decisive action, signaling a proactive step to curb the serious health risks linked to hookah smoking. By implementing the ban, the Karnataka government aims to protect both the current and future generations from the harmful effects of this popular recreational activity.

Karnataka Bans Sale, Consumption Of Hookah Citing Public Health

Source: NDTV



The decision to enforce the ban involves amending the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), showcasing the government’s dedication to legislative measures for public health. The minister emphasized that this move is part of a broader strategy to create a safer and healthier environment for the people of Karnataka. By addressing the risks associated with hookah smoking, the government aims to contribute to the overall well-being of its citizens, particularly the youth.

Karnataka Announces Statewide Ban On Hookah - All About Belgaum

Source: Newsdrum

The ban on hookah smoking follows earlier discussions in September 2023 when the state health minister signaled the government’s contemplation of banning hookah bars and raising the legal age for tobacco consumption from 18 to 21 years.
The decision by Karnataka’s government aligns with similar initiatives taken by other states in the country. Last year, the Haryana government implemented a ban on serving hookah in hotels, restaurants, bars, and commercial establishments across the state. 

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