Two people have been fined by magistrates for allowing customers to smoke shisha pipes inside premises that should be smoke-free, with fines totalling almost £3,500.
Sami Hassan, aged 30, from Sheffield was charged with failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place, contrary to section 8(4) of the Health Act 2006. Mr Hassan, who was in control of the shisha bar to the rear of Diyafa Station at 95 The Wicker, pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay £1,566 in fines and costs.
In a separate case, Adam Hussein aged 26, the operator of Sapphire Lounge, 575 Attercliffe Road, also pleaded guilty for allowing people to smoke shisha pipes inside the premises. Hussein, from Bradford, was charged with failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place, contrary to section 8(4) of the Health Act 2006 and ordered to pay a total of £1,910 in fines and costs.
Sheffield City Council’s Health and Safety Enforcement Team had issued warnings to both premises.
As well as the fines, the premises will continue to be monitored by the Health and Safety Enforcement Team, with visits to check that they are no longer allowing smoking to take place indoors.
Ian Ashmore, Head of Environmental Regulation, said: “We want to make it clear that we do not tolerate smoking in what should be smoke-free places. The law is clear on this and if a business is operating as a shisha café, the premises must meet the necessary requirements.
“Both premises were on our radar following previous warnings, but they chose to ignore those warnings and have paid the price. I hope they’ll learn from this and will run their businesses legitimately going forward.
“As well as our legal obligations, we are committed to improving health and wellbeing in the city, and we know that smoking and passive smoking has a direct impact on people’s health, particularly in enclosed areas.
“We will continue to randomly inspect these premises and if they are found offending yet again, further action will be taken.”
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: “Smoking has serious health impacts and is the biggest cause of preventable premature death in the UK.
“This kind of enforcement plays an important role in tackling smoking and helping us to achieve our goal of a smoke-free generation by 2025. There’s lots of help available to people who want to stop smoking in Sheffield and I would urge people to get in touch and make the first steps to becoming smoke free.
“Smoking and second hand smoke is harmful and is against the law in enclosed public spaces – I would encourage people to report any incidents to the council.”
If you want help to stop smoking contact Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield on 0800 612 0011 or visit http://sheffield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/.
People can report incidents of smoking in enclosed public spaces to the Health and safety Enforcement Team on 0114 2734415 or by email at Healthprotection@sheffield.gov.uk.