The Punjab government has decided to reinforce a complete ban on sheesha, imposing hefty fines on its provision on public places.
The decision has come in the backdrop of the videos circulating on social media, suggesting that a few cafes are still serving the hazardous flavored smoke.
Official sources have revealed that the government will impose hefty fines besides taking legal action against the hotels, clubs, and restaurants serving sheesha.
Note that the government had placed a province-wide ban on consumption of sheesha in public places for two months, effective from first November.
The decision was taken keeping the recommendations from medical experts who suggest that half an hour of sheesha session is worse than smoking 20 cigarettes a day or even more.
The government has directed the administration and divisional police chiefs to effectively implement the ban.
Moreover, the authorities are also going to start a public awareness campaign to highlight the health hazard caused by sheesha inhalation.
Sheesha, or hookah, is an alternative form of nicotine consumption with an option of a variety of flavors. This is extremely popular among college and university students.