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Punjab became 3rd Indian state to ban hookah bars & lounges



Punjab became third Indian state to ban hookah bars & lounges: Details, Aim, Significance, Highlights

Punjab becomes the third India state after Maharashtra and Gujarat to ban hookah bars & lounges. This ban was announced through law after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to a bill passed by Punjab state assembly.

Punjab state assembly has passed the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply, and Distribution) (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The main aim of this law is to restrict the use of tobacco in various forms and prevent diseases caused by the use of tobacco products such as tuberculosis, cancer etc.

Effect On Health

Smoking of hookah increases health risks, which includes exposure to toxic chemicals that are not filtered out by water. It also results in transmission or risk of infectious disease like tuberculosis (TB) from sharing a hookah.

Report suggests, an hour’s average of hookah includes 20-200 puffs, delivering 50 liters of smoke contain, hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals.


The Bill was Punjab state assembly in March this year with an aim to bring the law in force to check the use of tobacco in various forms and prevent diseases caused by the use of tobacco.

The law was enacted due check unregulated growth these hookah parlours and rapid increase in trend of ‘hookah-sheesha’ smoking in the state. Moreover, there were complaints of drug consumption in these hookah bars across the state.

Punjab (India)

Capital: Chandigarh

Districts: 22

Governor: V.P Singh Badnore.

Chief Minister: Amarinder Singh.


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