Cape Town clubs fined for puffing patrons

2015-08-27 15:58


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Cape Town - Three nightclubs have been fined a total of R6 000 after environmental health inspectors found patrons puffing in public areas.

The nightspots, in Harrington Street, Cape Town, were found to be in contravention of the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Thursday.

While the tobacco legislation is clear on where smoking is allowed, some establishments "blatantly disregard the law", said mayoral committee member for health Siyabulela Mamkeli.

"In other instances, the legislation isn't closely policed by the establishment and patrons light up anywhere they please. I would appeal to owners of clubs and restaurants, as well as their patrons, to make sure that they operate on the right side of the law."

The tobacco legislation states that no person may smoke any tobacco product in any indoor, enclosed or partially enclosed area which is open to the public, including a workplace and on public transport.

Smoking areas also cannot exceed 25% of the total floor area of the establishment, must be separated from the rest of the establishment by a solid partition clearly marked "smoking area", and the ventilation must be directly exhausted outside.

"Compliance with tobacco legislation and the Businesses Act is generally a problem, but we also receive a fair number of complaints pertaining to noise, especially in summer when premises have doors and windows open, which leads to higher levels of non-compliance," Mamkeli said.

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