A shisha lounge owner has been fined nearly £3,000 for allowing customers to smoke shisha pipes inside a premises that should be smoke-free, despite an earlier prosecution for the same offence.
Hassan Butt, aged 21, 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.
Butt pleaded guilty by letter to Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and was fined £1,800 for two offences with costs of £806 and a surcharge of £170 – total £2,776.
Last October, Butt pleaded guilty to failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place and was ordered to pay £2,327, including costs.
This follows a number of similar successful prosecutions by Sheffield City Council’s Health and Safety Enforcement Team.
A spokesperson for Sheffield City Council said: “It’s disappointing that the defendant has continued to overlook the advice of our officers and allowed smoking of shisha pipes at his premises.
“As a result, he was rightly back before the courts this week. Venues must be smoke-free, and that includes shisha lounges.
“The law is clear on this and if a business is operating as a shisha café, the premises must meet the necessary requirements.
“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/.