man smoking 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
An unprecedented NIS 150,000 fine was handed down in a class-action suit on
Monday by Central District Court Judge Michal Nadav against Tel Aviv’s Bella
Shlomkin’s pub and dance club for failing to enforce no-smoking laws and protect
the rights of nonsmokers.
The suit, filed by lawyer and Israel Council
for the Prevention of Smoking chairman Amos Hausner, protested on behalf of
Russian immigrants who frequented the place for special events on Friday
Nadav awarded NIS 90,000 to the Israel Cancer Association, NIS
15,000 to the plaintiffs and NIS 45,000 in lawyer’s fees. In 2009, the same
judge agreed for the first time to certify the class-action suit against the
establishment for failing to enforce no-smoking laws. Hausner represented Mark
Litvin, his wife, Yelena, and other Israelis from the former Soviet Union who
attended Russian-language events in 2008 at Bell Shlomkin’s, which is located on
Rehov Noah Mozes. One witness testified that he was ejected from the club by
manager Ron Fire after asking that the incessant smoking of customers be
Hausner told The Jerusalem Post
that he was pleased by the
ruling and the record fine, as he thought they would deter other clubs and bars
from disregarding no-smoking violations by both customers and employees.