hookah bar ban in karnataka

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The Siddaramaiah government of Karnataka has taken a big decision. The government has completely banned hookah bars in the state. Along with this, the legal age for buying tobacco products has also been increased.

The COTPA Act i.e. Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products has been amended in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The amended bill has been passed in the Legislative Assembly. The amended law has also provided for severe punishment and fines for violating the rules.

  • Its notification has also been issued. It has been stated in the notification that this law has been amended to protect people's health and prevent tobacco-related diseases.
  • Now the use of tobacco products in public places has been completely banned in the state. Smoking will also be banned in public places.
  • Until now, the legal age for buying tobacco products was 18 years, but this age has been changed to 21 years by amending the bill. That is, cannot sell cigarettes or tobacco to anyone under 21 years of age.
  • There will be a ban on the sale of tobacco products around schools, colleges, hospitals, child care centers, health centers, temples, mosques and parks. Selling cigarettes or tobacco within 100 meters of such places will be prohibited.

Punishment and penalty have also been made stricter in the amended law. A fine of Rs 1000 will be levied for selling tobacco or cigarettes in a restricted place or to a person below 21 years of age. Apart from this, there is a provision of imprisonment ranging from 1 to 3 years if found guilty of opening or running a hookah bar. Also, a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh can be imposed.

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