Hookah Bars and the NGT
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed a Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA to file a fresh plea regarding the hookah bars, which, according to him, were “ruining youths by turning them into drug addicts” in Manjinder Singh Sirsa vs. Union of India [479/2017]. BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa had written to the National Green Tribunal, urging it to take strict action against these bars. During a hearing, as desired by the NGT, for submission of evidence of the ill effects of hookah, the BJP MLA said that various studies have been carried out across the world in this connection. He said hookah smoking directly contributed to environmental pollution and air quality tests done at seven hookah bars found dangerously high levels of airborne particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and nicotine.