Hookah joints should be closely monitored: Raul

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Mumbai, May 31 (UNI) Mumbai Mayor Shubha Raul today said hookah joints in the city should be closely monitored, as many youngsters are getting addicted to it.

Speaking at the culmination of the Red FM Quit Smoking Express on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day here today, Ms Raul said that the hookah joints are doing a very lucrative business and the owners are expanding their businesses to far away areas also.

''It is not only the affluent class, which is affected, but also the lower and middle class, as many hookah parlours have been started in Borivali and Dahisar also,'' Ms Raul said.

There should be a statutory warning outside the hookah parlours, which will deter some of the visitors and the FDA or the Municipal corporation should monitor the parlours, she said.

Ms Raul said that the initiative by Red FM and other agencies on 'No Tobacco Day' will go a long way in reducing the number of smokers in the world, as there is an increase in awareness amongst.

Red FM had been running the Quit Smoking Express in the city for the last four days and has collected thousands of signatures against smokers and smoking.


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