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Thread #75556 Message #1329603
Posted By: treewind
17-Nov-04 - 03:37 AM
Thread Name: BS: Smoking in public to be banned (UK)
Subject: RE: BS: Smoking in public to be banned (UK)
The revenue from tobacco has less value than the nationwide loss of working hours caused by smoking-related disease (mostly bronchitis).
The smoking ban in pubs will apply only if they sell food. There was some twit on the radio last night complaining that publicans who sell food now might have to revert to drink-only establishments or their smoking customers will be driven away by a smoking ban. Has he not noticed that many pubs have already voluntarily banned smoking in their eating area or even totally? Does he think they did that for altruistic reasons? It is a simple commercial decision. Get rid of the smoke and you'll get MORE customers - all the ones who don't smoke, are allergic to it or just don't want to spend the evening getting kippered.
Oh, and noobody yet has brought up one of my favourite quotes on the subject. I don't know who said this first: "A restaurant with a no-smoking area is like a swimming bath with a no-peeing area"