Five shisha bars across Sheffield have been handed down fines of almost £15,000 for allowing smoking in their premises in one of the city’s largest ever prosecutions of this kind of activity.
The operators were proven guilty, in absence, at Sheffield Magistrates Court earlier this week and ordered to pay fines for failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place, contrary to section 8(4) of the Health Act 2006.
This follows a number of similar successful prosecutions by Sheffield City Council’s Health and Safety Enforcement Team, who visited the shisha bars earlier this year together with colleagues from The Safeguarding Children Board and South Yorkshire Police.
Sheffield Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday how all five shisha bars had breached the act, and had, in many cases, been prosecuted for similar offences before.
Those prosecuted were:
- Mint Paris, 42-46 London Road, Sheffield
Mohamed Aidaroos Saleh Albakeeri of Queen Street, Sheffield was proven guilty in absence and ordered to pay £1,200 fine, £1,103 costs and £120 victim surcharge.
- Wicked Lounge, 122-126 Wicker, Sheffield
Sami Hassan of Cliffe Street, Sheffield was proven guilty in absence and ordered to pay £1,600 Fine, £356 costs and £160 victim surcharge. Total: £2,116
Co-owner Adam Ali of Pine Close, Barnsley was also proven guilty in absence and ordered to pay £1,200 fine, £356 costs and £120 victim surcharge. Total: £1,676.
Total fine for premises £3,792
- Abu Dhabi, 104 John Street, Sheffield
Heewa Saddiq of Taunton Avenue, Sheffield was proven guilty in absence and ordered to pay £1,200 fine, £712 costs and £120 victim surcharge.
- Samara Lounge, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield
Roj Ali from Cromwell Heights, Leeds was proven guilty in absence and ordered to pay £1,200 fine, £736 Costs and £120 victim surcharge.
- Shisha Bar, to rear of 22a Spital Hill.
Adrianna Dryzalowska and Youssef Khalid Ibrahim Al-Shamry both of Masters Road, Sheffield were proven guilty in absence and were both ordered to pay £1,600 fine, £378 costs and £160 victim surcharge.
Total fine for premises £4,276
Councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment at Sheffield City Council, said:
We are committed as a council to doing everything we can to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of this city. The law is clear: venues must be smoke-free, and that includes shisha bars.
Despite repeated visits to many of these premises our officers still found illegal smoking taking place. The heavy fines imposed by the Magistrates Court ought to ensure these businesses and others think again and stop these illegal practices.
Sheffield City Council regularly inspects businesses to make sure they are compliant with the necessary regulations and work closely with partners from South Yorkshire Police, the Safeguarding Children Board, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, HMRC and the UK Border Agency to ensure the safety and health and wellbeing of people in Sheffield.
Greg Fell, Director of public health at Sheffield City Council, said:
Smokefree legislation is in place to protect the health of the public. Allowing any kind of smoking indoors puts customers and staff at risk from the dangers of inhaling the 4000 toxic chemicals in second-hand smoke, which has been proven beyond doubt to cause serious harm to health.
This week we launched our Smokefree Sheffield initiative which outlines our commitment and the collective action of our city partners to tackling tobacco addiction and supporting as many people as possible to quit. We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to reduce smoking and we will prosecute premises who breach smokefree legislation.
If you want help to stop smoking contact Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield on 0800 612 0011 or visit http://sheffield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/.