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A class-action suit against a Tel Aviv pub has resulted in a NIS 50,000 fine against the establishment for failing to prevent widespread smoking on the pub’s two floors.
The pub, at Allenby St. 99, was fined even though it posted the required No Smoking signs.
The defendant and the plaintiff reached a compromise in the Tel Aviv District Court, after Judge Shoshana Almagor ruled against the drinking establishment.
The plaintiffs were represented by lawyer Amos Hausner, who is the head of the Israel Council for the Prevention of Smoking.
The NIS 50,000 was donated to Avir Naki, a veteran organization that fights illegal tobacco smoking in public places.
The man who filed the suit, Moshe Cohen, sent a private detective, Dov Kfir, to go to the pub and collect evidence against the owners. Kfir, using a hidden camera, noted during his visit last May that despite the signs, customers were smoking everywhere, with no attempt by barmen, waiting staff or management to get the violators to put out their cigarettes.
There were ashtrays full of cigarette butts that had been set down throughout the pub, thus encouraging customers to light up. The air throughout the establishment was smoky, and there was no separate “smoking room” anywhere in the pub, Kfir testified.
When Kfir asked staffers why there was smoking despite No Smoking signs on the walls, he was told that the signs had been required by the law.