CONVICTED smoking ban rebel Stuart Smith has thrown his weight behind another smokers’ pub, The Puff-inn.
Smith, 39, was found guilty of breaking the ban by Huddersfield magistrates on May 13.
He had let people light up at the College Arms on Queensgate in January.
But today – just 17 days later – Smith is backing friend Gilly Cushing’s plans to let people smoke at the Puff-inn on New Hey Road, Rastrick.
Calderdale Council said the ex-professional rugby player did not have a licence to operate the pub, which was formerly Mellor’s Bar.
But non-smoker Mr Cushing said he intended to re-open it later today.
He said: “I believe everybody should have freedom of choice. I’m not bothered if I end up in court.
“I don’t think the law’s right. I like to live by my own laws.”
Smith, of Newlands Farm, Warley, Halifax, courted publicity when he boasted he would let people smoke at the College Arms on January 16.
That came a week after he was pictured with smokers at the Golden Fleece pub just above Ripponden, which he claimed to be running at the time.
On May 13 Kirklees Council took him to court over the College Arms incident.
Smith, who turned up at court dressed as St George, was convicted and given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £2,500 costs.
But he said he would be appealing against the verdict and insisted his campaign to promote “freedom of choice” was not over.
He said: “This is just the beginning. I won’t stop until the end, when they end the ban.
“This time it’s all on Gilly’s back. This is a way of getting the point across.”
The pair have put up a sign at the Puff-inn telling customers they are entering at their own risk.
A Calderdale spokeswoman said there was a licence for the pub, but it was not held by Mr Cushing and he did not have a right to run it.
She added: “No application to transfer the premises licence has been received by the council.
“Any reports of smoking being permitted in public houses will be investigated.”