It is now blatantly obvious to all that government has set its stall at destroying smokers and/or their ability to smoke in peace & quiet. Having observed the abhorrent stigmatisation, disgraceful denormalisation & the personal persecution of businesses in this country, nasbouk has to state quite clearly that, with regard to a matter of personal choice, the British govenment have now far exceeded the bounds of decent human conduct in allowing such discrimination to occur against a minority faction (that existed quite happily) in this country. Smoker/smoking hatred has been carefully nutured over the past 20 years, similar to Nazi hatred of the Jews-and Germany was destroyed! In all consience we can no longer allow this disgraceful treatment of good, honest citizens to continue-are you with us or not with us?
Councils are now pouncing on Shisha bars/cafesbusinesses with any old excuse, simply to close them down-but Shisha bars/cafes are a way of life for a large majority of our people; they have been for over 3,000 years.
Unlike the English pubs or clubs, of which 12,000 have now been lost since the implementation of the smoking ban, Shisha bars/cafes are primarily a venue that cater for those who enjoy relaxing with perfectly legal tobacco products. All people entering are fully aware of the purpose of a Shisha bar/cafe and therefore do not enter if they are opposed to a)… others smoking or b)… do not like the smell of smoke themselves. In short, Shisha bars/cafes have a specific purpose.
Shisha bar/cafe business has steadily grown over the decades in line with immigrant settlers. In this age where Health & Safety rule our daily lives, no stone is left unturned by Environmental Health Officers in their quest to ensure that cleanliness & hygene are of the highest order. Shisha bars/cafes are, therefore, businesses that care greatly for their customers and take an enormous pride in their customer base and also in their ability to attract new customers.
Shisha bars/cafes are not simply a smoke orientated business, but a great social gathering place too, where ‘elders’ often meet with the teenage generation to educate and guide. A significant factor is that a very high percentage of these people understand the meaning of ‘respect’ whereas, sadly, a very high percentage of their white, British counterparts have seldom come across the word let alone understand its meaning! It keeps the younger, adolescent members of the Asian community off the streets-and out of trouble. It is also proven that these social gatherings are far more effective than simply using ‘home guidance’.
Our mission is a simple one. We must unite to keep our Shisha bars/cafes alive. It is our culture, an age old culture that must not be allowed to die because of some ideology from an unelected organisation that has resigned itself from fighting illegal substances (as they know they cannot beat the providers), to wage a war on those that choose to enjoy a perfectly legal substance-tobacco. We have seen what happens when people simply lay down submissively and listen to empty government promises (“clean air drinkers, they will come”), businesses die in their thousands. Our fathers and our forefathers were accepted in this land decades ago and invited to live in peace & harmony. They worked hard and succeeded in gaining a foothold in British society and have invested heavily in businesses & property, only to suddenly find that our culture, which harms no one, is no longer wanted here. After investing £100,000 (in some cases) to provide a ‘social habitat’, tailor made for Asian style relaxation, it is totally wrong to discriminate against our culture so as to appease some ideological notion that has gained a foothold.
We cannot allow our culture to be destroyed, we have a right not to be discriminated against and a right to representation. Nasbo is here to fight for all shisha bars and cafes, for we know that simple amendments to the indoor smoking ban will safeguard thousands of businesses, millions of pounds of investment and tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.
Our friends at SmokersJustice.co.uk now have the proof that this law has been corrupted in favour of smoke free enforcement and the only way to stop this relentless intrusion into our human rights is to unite. We must unite as one body otherwise, like the public house licensees, they will shut down premises one by one. That is an indisputable truth!
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I had a very interesting conversation with a journalist (Ben Cook, Planning Magazine) this morning who informed me that Newham Borough Council planning department’s policy is not to grant planning permission for premises that will be used exclusively as shisha bars because, in the council’s view, shisha smoking is “not healthy and causes massive medical problems”. Now just who the hell are these people to sit in judgement over others with regard to their lifestyle choices?
Well, we had the Queens speech last week, I doubt you bothered to watch it, I certainly didn’t for it is usually boring and pointless but this year is a little different-especially for all those that try to run a shisha business!
What can we say? We warned all shisha businesses last year that the local councils would be cracking down on shisha businesses – with a view to closing them down. We also warned all shisha businesses to be extremely careful how they handled their affairs but it seems that no care has been taken whatsoever as now, two Leeds shishas’ have been hammered by the courts:
Illegal shisha bar raided and closed down in Blackburn, Lancashire. This has an unsavoury flavour as tweo girls aged 13 & 15 were present when police offiucers raided the place. Whoever was running this “Velvet” shisha bar was an idiot for the mere fact that children were present gives the EHO’s, police and child protection people even more ammunition to raid shisha bars at will. It will soon be the norm for any magistrate to grant a warrant for even the weirdest of reasons simply because it is a shisha bar.
It is incredible to think that we have a government so stupid as to believe all the hype surrounding SHS (second hand smoke) and what they claim to be the health hazards of such. This is nothing of the sort as the World Health Organisation has simply introduced as many ‘studies’ as is needed to convince gullible. The problem being of course that none of the so called studies are of any scientific use!
Dear Member of Parliament, 04/05/13
We write to you in the hope that, finally, this country will see common sense and also listen to reason. We are now approaching the 6th anniversary of the worst law implemented in this country since the equally ludicrous “Clockmakers Tax” of the 1790’s. We refer of course to the poorly implemented smoking ban which has caused so much suffering in what is supposedly a democratic nation-except that it now seems that ‘democracy’ is spelt dictatorship!
There are no depths to which the World Health Organisation will NOT plummet to and now we have the proof of their despicable ways. Shisha/Hookah smoking has been the eastern way for thousands of years but when the WHO wanted to eradicate shisha smoking they turned the screws on the highly religious factions of Islam, purporting the act to be sinful & immoral-it worked!
To ratify something immediately, “A dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground.” In other words, no one except specific types of person would enter such a room/cell unless they had good reason to do so – or, of course, they were into masochism! Therefore it would be safe to assume that such a place, an underground room, in which to imprison smoke, would be the ideal
I have no doubt bthat you have all seen this by now – YES/NO? Huddersfield Shisha bar hit with a monstrous £14,000 fine. Actually, the total cost was £15,794 as the council racked up their usual
Perhaps some of you that do take notice of what is written here will now be starting to realise that the war on shisha smoking (backed up by the WHO’s ridiculous claim that 1 pipe equals 200, 500, even a 1,000 cigarettes) is becoming more and more severe. Magistrates have now realised that they have another vital weapon