Five years after the smoking ban in England, the desire to reintroduce smoking in pubs remains as high as ever. I will let the Publican’s Morning Advertiser take up the story.
“An exclusive survey of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser readership revealed 68.3% either agree or strongly agree that pubs should be permitted to have separate smoking rooms, in line with some European countries. Furthermore, six out of 10 felt there should be designated smoking and non-smoking bars.”
Even more interesting is this: “However, there was less appetite for a full repeal of the ban. Just four in 10 respondents agreed it should be scrapped.”
We only have to look at the closures pre and post ban to see why. From 1980 to 2006 pubs closed at a rate of 0.65% per year and 2.775% afterwards. Very much in contrast from those PHD Economists at ASH.
“Tuesday 25 February 2003
Smoking bans are good for business. Study shows hospitality industry fears of falls in trade are unfounded.”
ASH were also saying that the public were in favour of bans too. So for posterity here are some polls pre and post ban which begged to differ.
17th December 2003
“52% against smoking ban in Edinburgh. ” Paid for by Nicotinel who would gain from people giving up.
5th August 2009
“58% of Tories want the ban amended for all pubs”
“73% of Tories want smoking ban relaxed in private members clubs.
28 Jul 2004
More than 80 percent of pub customers in Wales are opposed to a complete ban on smoking in pubs according to a survey carried out for leading independent brewer, pubs and drinks company SA Brain & Co Ltd.
The independent survey of nearly 1,400 customers and staff found that only 19 percent of customers and 12 percent of staff support a total ban on smoking in pubs. There was, however, more widespread support for the provision of no smoking areas for eating and at the bar.
Around 42 percent of customers agreed that no smoking should be the policy in eating areas of the pub. Twenty-two and a half percent support banning smoking at the bar at 22.5 percent and 23 percent of customers said that they would spend more time in the pub if changes to the smoking policy were made. Around 83 percent said that the level of smoke was not a problem in the pub in which they were interviewed.
Of the total number of customers surveyed, 41 percent were smokers.
Retail director for SA Brain & Co Ltd, Philip Lay, said
“74% want exemptions to the smoking ban
Monday, 19 March 2007,
“Three quarters of people in Scotland believe there should be exemptions to the smoking ban, a poll has suggested. The Populus survey, for the pro-smoking group Forest, revealed 74% of 1,004 people surveyed thought private clubs should be allowed smoking rooms.”