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    Haryana News: Bans Flavored Hookahs in Restaurants and Clubs

    Haryana, India – The state’s Home Department has issued a directive banning the serving of flavored hookahs in restaurants and clubs, citing health concerns. This action comes two weeks after Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar declared a ban on commercial hookah bars in Haryana.

    The ban specifically targets flavored hookahs that often contain not only tobacco but also various substances intended to enhance the taste. These additives can include herbs and other flavorings. It has been observed that these flavored hookahs are marketed to attract young people, who may later develop a habit of hookah smoking.

    While the ban acknowledges that traditional and personal hookah use with tobacco is allowed, it strictly forbids the serving of flavored hookahs with tobacco in hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

    Tobacco control officials are currently monitoring various districts in Haryana, where they have found banned substances mixed with tobacco. Flavored hookahs, while possibly nicotine-free, can still release harmful chemicals like carbon monoxide (CO), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile aldehydes, and heavy metals when smoked. These compounds have a direct impact on heart and lung health and are associated with severe illnesses in the long run.

    Any establishment found serving tobacco and flavored hookahs could face significant penalties and strict enforcement measures. The move is seen as a response to growing health concerns related to hookah smoking, particularly among young people who may be lured by the appealing flavors.

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