Manchester City Council is set to prosecute the owners of a Rusholme shisha café following their repeated flouting of smoking laws and now ninety-five shisha pipes have been seized from the premises in Wilmslow Road.
The owners could now be fined up to £2,500 if successfully prosecuted in magistrates’ court. During a previous visit the owners of the café had four pipes confiscated and were warned further action would be taken if they continued breaking the law.
Two fixed penalty notices for £50 were issued during the seizure for smoking indoors in a smoke free place. One of the individuals fined was subsequently arrested by Greater Manchester Police in connection to a separate offence.
Over the years Manchester City Council has worked to inform the public and café owners of the law surrounding the smoking of shisha indoors, and the negative impact on health it can have.
Although you might think it, smoking shisha is not actually safer than conventional smoking!
The scary fact is that smoking shisha for just one hour is as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 100 cigarettes. Phew!
A leaflet campaign was run in Rusholme, and further information is now being displayed in GP surgeries and online on social media.
However, in spite of pro-active work carried out in the city individuals continue to flout laws enacted to protect the health of the public.
Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Licensing, says:
“More than 10 years have passed since the smoking ban was brought into effect in the UK yet still we see people flouting laws meant to keep the public safe.
“As we see here the council is willing to crack down on illegal practices in our city.”