Last week, he visited Hillsborough County Circuit Court to ask a judge to issue an injunction to bar the odors from his neighbor’s Twisted Cigar lounge from crossing over into his dental practice.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the cigar lounge opened three months ago right next door to the dental practice and ever since Dr. Rahal’s patients have complained that his dental practice now smells like an ash tray.
The Times further reports that the court filing by Dr. Rahal alleges “noxious, unhealthful, damaging, disagreeable and offensive odors and stenches,” making the dental practice “unpleasant, uncomfortable, unhealthy and unfit for human habitation.”
In his own defense cigar lounge owner Jim Brown told the Times that he has tried to contain odors by resealing drywall and putting a smoke filter in the dental practice air conditioning unit. It was supposed to catch particles even tinier than smoke.
However, Dr. Rahal and his dental patients still feel where there’s smoke, there’s sink.