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Deputies pass a bill banning hookahs

The Chamber of Deputies declared the legislation urgent and approved it after two readings. The legislation bans hookahs, or water pipes in colmados, bars, discotheques and other public and private places.

The initiative, authored by deputy Miladys del Rosario Nuñez, moves now to the Senate for approval. The bill was drafted after several children and teenagers had contracted pulmonary illnesses linked to the use of the hookahs.

The legislator said more than 10 deaths of youths have been attributed to the use of the hookah. She said in her province of Duarte (San Francisco de Macoris), children are using it to drink beer.
Manuel Orlando Espinosa, president of the Commission of Interior and Police of the Chamber of Deputies presented a documentary where youths demonstrated how narcotics are consumed using the hookah.

The Society of Cardiology has confirmed evidence that the use of hookah has increased incidences of bronchitis, arterial hypertension, lung cancer, mouth cancer, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Nov 23, 2017

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