Karnataka to ban hookah bars, raise minimum age for smoking to 21

Bengaluru, Sept 19 (IANS): Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and Sports and Youth Services Minister B. Nagendra on Tuesday announced action will be taken to ban hookah bars in the state.

They have also announced that the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products will be increased from the present 18 years to 21 years.

The decision in this regard has been taken in the meeting jointly held by their ministries.

Rao and Nagendra also said that the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (Cotpa) will be amended to implement the decisions.

Rao also said that consumption and sale of tobacco are prohibited near temples, and hospitals along with schools.

The youth are attracted towards hookah bars and it is impacting their health adversely. The sale of tobacco products to youth below the age of 21 is also prohibited. After smoking, the youth are getting attracted towards drugs and narcotics substances. The use of tobacco products served as the foundation in this direction and the government is addressing the root cause of the problem, he added.


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  • Prudy, Udapi

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Good initiative Ban alcohol totally that's the route cause drinking gives you ideas to smoke etc. Any way all drug dealer are behind bars .Stop alcohol totally.

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  • Herman Dsouza, Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Like Liquor shops, cigarette shops too should have permits and come under proper scrutiny while issuing the permits.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Ban sale of loose cigarettes. Cigarettes should be sold in 20s pack. Ban sale of imported cigarette also

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  • flavian, chik

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    please implement full ban on smoking in public places

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Tobacco in all forms,including paan masala, addicting substances like drugs, alcohol, smoking in all forms, online and offline gambling should not only be banned but those commting the offense should be caught and punished.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    bahu paraak Sidda Devaraya...you are the only one who want people to be healthy and happy....even go for liquor ban...but country liquor will thrive that is the problem

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  • Ajay, Kallianpur

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Have you ever been stuck in traffic next to a diesel vehicle's exhaust, if they have put some kerosene your dead.

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  • M. Kamath, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Very Good move. It always starts with Cigartee, vaping, Hookah, and Gnaja and slowly escalates to other hard drugs.

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  • James, Kadri

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    The government wants to make money through tax they dont care about people s health, if they care they should pan all cigarette, hookhah and tobacco products

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  • Chetan. S, Udupi India

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Hookah Bars are indirectly supplier's of Drugs.To make quick money drugs are easily avaliable near college s and Schools.

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  • Nasir, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    100% right,

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