A shisha lounge owner has been fined more than £2,000 by magistrates for allowing customers to smoke shisha pipes inside premises that should be smoke-free.

Hassan Butt, aged 20, the owner of Mint Paris Lounge at 42-46 London Road, was charged with failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place, contrary to section 8(4) of the Health Act 2006.

He pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Tuesday 17 October and was ordered to pay £2,327, including costs.

It follows a number of similar successful prosecutions by Sheffield City Council’s Health and Safety Enforcement Team. 

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We won’t tolerate smoking in what should be smoke-free places, and this shisha lounge is no exception. The law is clear on this and if a business is operating as a shisha café, the premises must meet the necessary requirements.

“We have offered further advice to Mr Butt and were encouraged by his guilty plea. I hope he’ll learn from this and run his business legitimately going forward.

“As a council, we are committed to improving health and wellbeing in the city and will continue to inspect all licensed premises and take further action when appropriate.

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.

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.