Fined: Rogue shisha bar owner ordered to pay £2,100 for flouting smoking ban
Published: 8 April 2019
A shisha café and its owner are feeling the heat after being ordered to pay more than £2,000 by the courts for flouting the law and operating illegally.
Oko Shisha Lounge in Ley Street, Ilford is the latest shisha bar to be prosecuted by Redbridge Council as part of a crackdown on rogue operators.
The owner, Altim Mula, pleaded guilty to allowing people to smoke within a substantially enclosed space at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on 29 March 2019.
A fine of £1,000 as well as costs of £1,000 and victim surcharge of £100 were handed out to Mula.
Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of the Council warned there are ‘very clear and strict rules’ in place to protect people from the dangers of smoking in public places.
He said: “We will not allow shisha bars to flout the law. Our message is clear: we will continue to crack down on offenders and target shisha bars that allow smoking indoors with tough action.”
Shisha, or water pipes, are used to smoke mainly flavoured or non-flavoured tobacco or herbal mixtures.
Under the Health Act 2006, smoking tobacco or anything containing tobacco, or smoking any other substance, in enclosed or substantially enclosed premises, is an offence.