Updated: November 19, 2017 12:12:06 pm
FOUR HOOKAH bars have been sealed in the city in the last one year, while the result of samples taken for forensic examination from five hookah bars are awaited, revealed details provided by the State Tobacco Control Cell (STCC). According to officials of the tobacco control cell, they have been regularly conducting raids at hookah bars in the city for the last one year. The bars, sealed by the administration, were found to be flouting laws. According to details, all of the four sealed outlets were located in Sector 26.
“Finding that the hookah bars were violating rules, four of them have been sealed so far,” STCC State Nodal Officer Dr Deepak Bakshi told Chandigarh Newsline. “In the samples taken from the outlets, the nicotine content was found to be positive.” He added that action was being taken against hookah bars as per the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) Act, 2003, which was brought by the government to control the use of tobacco in the country.
Officials said 24 raids have been conducted across the city jointly by the STCC and Chandigarh Police. “We are still waiting for the forensic reports of samples taken from five hookah bars,” said Bakshi. “Once the report is received and if the content of nicotine is found in the samples, action would be taken against these outlets as well.”
Dr Bakshi further said that the Chandigarh Administration has zero tolerance towards hookah bars as well as violations and they keep conducting raids whenever they get inputs.
In October, the UT police had informed the tobacco cell that only four hookah bars were running in the jurisdiction of Sector 26 police station.
A letter had also been sent by the UT Deputy Superintendent of Police, Crime, to all SDPOs earlier to issue directions to all Station House Officers to take action as per the Poison Act 1919 against those selling nicotine and nicotine products.
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