Cafe becomes first Hackney business fined for flouting smoking ban
A cafe owner was fined £1120 last week when her business became the first in Hackney to be successfully prosecuted for failing to prevent smoking.
Eren Hussein, who runs Havana's Caffe, on Lower Clapton Rd, was prosecuted by Hackney Council after environmental health officers discovered two members of the public smoking cigarettes at the cafe on the 25th February 2013.
Members of the environmental health team had been trying to work with the business for more than 12 months prior to the incident to provide a legal structure in which to allow shisha smoking. Smoking had been been witnessed inside the building before and the proprietors warned in writing.
Magistrates at Thames Magistrates’ Court handed down a fine of £500 for the offence with full costs of £570 and a Victim Surcharge of £50 making a total of £1120 following the conviction under Section 8 of The Health Act 2006.
The smoking ban in enclosed spaces exists to protect the public and members of staff from the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke. We try to work with businesses to help them provide a legal structure in which to allow smoking but we will prosecute owners who continue to flout the ban.
If you have concerns that premises in your area are allowing illegal smoking in an enclosed space please contact the Council on 020 8356 4911.