Hookah bars raided for allowing minors to smoke tobacco

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

City Crime Branch (CCB) Police raided two hookah bars, one on Kalidasa Road and another one near Lalitha Mahal Palace for violating Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). officials also seized various equipment and flavoured tobacco packets from the hookah bars.

The CCB Police first raided 18 Plus Ice Cafe on Kalidasa Road, which was found violating COTPA by facilitating minors to smoke tobacco and imposed a fine of Rs.31,200 on H.P. Purushotham, Manager of the hookah bar, besides seizing equipment and tobacco packets and sealing it.

In the second raid, the CCB Police raided Charcoal Circuit Cafe and Restaurant near Lalitha Mahal Helipad for violating COTPA by allowing minors to smoke tobacco and imposed a fine of Rs.30,800 on L. Lohith, Manager of the Cafe, besides seizing equipment and tobacco packets and closing down the Cafe.

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