Just two shisha cafes in Brent are sticking to the smoking ban

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 December 2016

Shisha pipes inside a lounge in Brent (Pic: Brent Council)

Shisha pipes inside a lounge in Brent (Pic: Brent Council)


Just two out of the 41 shisha cafes in Brent are adhering to the smoking ban, it has been revealed.

Backyard Lebanese Café in Wembley (Pic: Brent Council)Backyard Lebanese Café in Wembley (Pic: Brent Council)

The shocking statistic from Brent Council comes as three more owners of shisha bars in the borough are fined for breaking the law.

It is illegal to smoke shisha in an enclosed public space, or a space that’s mostly-enclosed as at least half the wall space must be open.

The proprietors of Backyard Lebanese Café, Empire Lounge/The Mist and Location Café must pay a total of almost £14,000 after they were hauled before the courts as part of a crackdown by Brent Council.

Willesden Magistrates Court heard M El Omari, the owner of Backyard Lebanese Café in Blackbird Hill, Wembley, has been prosecuted twice before for breaching the ban.

Location Cafe in Willesden (Pic: Brent Council)Location Cafe in Willesden (Pic: Brent Council)

He admitted failing to make the premises smoke free plus tobacco labelling and tobacco advertising offences and was ordered to pay a total of £3,144.

Abdi Ahmed Ismail, owner of Empire Lounge/The Mist, 210 High Street, Harlesden, failed to show up in court but was ordered to pay a total of £4,073 for failing to make the premises smoke free.

Brothers Leban and Karshe Mohamed were also convicted of failing to make Location Café in High Road, Willesden, smoke free.

Leban who is the company’s director was fined a total of £2,803 and his sibling must pay a total of £1,127.

In addition all the tobacco products seized from all three cafes will be destroyed.

In October, Brent Council launched a 10-week long operation targeting shisha cafes that flout the smoking ban.

A dedicated team of officers are visiting premises throughout the borough to checking they are complying with smoke-free legislation.

Checks will also be made to ensure they meet health and safety and fire safety regulations and tobacco products are not being sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council’s cabinet member for stronger communities, said: “Illegally operating shisha cafes can cause anti-social behaviour to residents and other businesses nearby and we are determined to stop this from happening.

“We will continue to visit all premises regularly and ensure that any breaches of the law are brought before the courts.”

Not only does smoking shisha carry the same health risks and diseases as those associated with cigarette smoking it could be even more damaging as smokers often use shisha over a longer period of time.

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