Health Desk-- 28 January 2018: The government is going to list Shisha (hookah), a way of smoking tobacco, as a narcotic substance in the draft Narcotics Control Act due to its harmful effects on human health.
Mentionable, Shisha is very popular among youths while the number of Shisha bars has also increased rapidly in the capital.
As Shisha is not banned in the existing Narcotics Control Act, 1990, the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) has taken the initiative to list it as a drug.
Sources said the DNC has prepared the draft Narcotics Control Act in this regard and sent it to the Home Ministry for scrutiny.
However, the DNC has no official statistics on the number of Shisha lounges in the capital. At present, there are over 100 alcohol bars running business in the city and some of them have Shisha lounges, according to the DNC.
Earlier in 2013, a Home Ministry investigation team collected eight samples of Shisha smoking from Shisha lounges in Gulshan and Banani. The team found marijuana in five samples after laboratory test.
Additional director (intelligence) of DNC Md Nazrul Islam Sikder, in this connection, said, “We have conducted raids on Shisha lounges on different occasions.”
Courtesy: The Daily Sun