Inspectors get tough on smokers church

Bars which hope to get round the ban on smoking by becoming members only clubs or joining the Universal Smokers Church of God, still face fines, health and safety inspectors told Saturday’s AD newspaper.

Some seven cafes are now churches and three have become closed societies since the smoking ban was introduced on July 1, the paper says.
‘These locations still have an official hospitality industry function,’ Astrid Bergman, spokeswoman for the inspectors, told the paper.
‘In addition, the tobacco law says that staff should have a smoke-free working environment. So it does not matter if you work in a club or a café,’ she said. ‘We will take action in the short term.’
A sex club which dubbed itself the Satanskerk (satan’s church) in an effort to get round the law lost its case in the high court in 1987. Judges said the services on offer were no different to a normal sex club.

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