Friday 12 December 2014

A café owner has been fined by magistrates after allowing customers to smoke on his premises.

Rasouli Karimi, aged 29, owner of Dubai Café in London Road, was due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday, 11 December) after allowing people to smoke shisha pipes inside premises that should be smoke-free. The case was heard in his absence.

Mr Kamiri, of Jamaica Street in Sheffield, must pay a total of £1,421 in fines and costs. He was charged with failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place, contrary to section 8(4) of the Health Act 2006.

Sheffield City Council’s health and safety enforcement team had issued verbal and written warnings, yet on two separate visits to the Dubai Café, smoking was taking place.

As well as the fine the café will continue to be monitored by the council’s health and safety enforcement team, with visits to check that they are no longer allowing smoking to take place indoors.

Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cabinet member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene 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.

“The Dubai cafe was on our radar because of previous offences and warnings, and yet they still thought they could get away with it. Let’s hope they’ve learned a lesson from this and will run their café 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.