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Now, Ramadoss goes after hookah bars

After targeting smokers and tipplers, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has hookah bars on his radar and said they must go.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2009 17:37 IST

After targeting smokers and tipplers, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has hookah bars on his radar and said they must go.

Turning the heat on Hookah bars where tobacco and nicotine based products are generally served, Ramadoss today said "instructions" have been given to state governments to ensure that these premises are shut down.

"The states have to comply with these(instructions)," Ramadoss told reporters on the sidelines of a world health conference here.

Ramadoss said it is illegal and unauthorised to have any vending machines for tobacco products.

"It is illegal for hookah bars in whatever form they offer be it nicotine or tobacco," he added.

Ramadoss has vigorously pursued campaigns to help cut down smoking and reduce alcohol consumption. He has even appealed to actors not to portray smoking scenes in films.