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Ban hits English pubs

Published on December 21st, 2007 14:12

According to a recent survey, Irish pubs English and Welsh pubs were affected by ban as the sales dropped 7.3 per cent.

Banning of smoking also resulted in reducing in sale of alcohol drinks as well.

At survey 2,708 licensees took part and nearly three quarters said that smokers spare less time in pubs, since ban has been launched.

This affirmation was confirmed by half of interviewed smokers. Nearly 58 per cent reported smokers have being visited less frequently since the ban.

John McNamara, BII chief executive, said: “We made a massive effort to advise our members how to innovate to beat the ban and many pubs that sell a lot of food, and have invested, have prospered.

“Sadly these have been outweighed by the far greater number of more traditional pubs who rely more on drink and smokers â€" especially those that could not afford to invest, or did not have the space to develop outdoor areas.

“Our message to the public is to get down and visit your local. Our pubs have better facilities than ever before.”

In England, outdoor smoking is permitted and according to report seventy per cent of the buildings had covered outdoor facilities.

However, sale for pubs dropped down and this situation persists. The owners are concerned about future of their businesses.

Tony Payne, chief executive of the FLVA appeal to government with request to slow down with restriction as the ban hits hardly the pubs.

“Traditional working men’s pubs have been hit hard, especially those with no room to accommodate smokers outside,” he said.

“We accept the ban as a public health measure, but it has come at a heavy cost for our pubs and the government should recognize this and compensate us. Eight-nine per cent of the people who responded said that there should be rate relief for licensees that have lost business.

“This is a case of ‘collateral damage’ where we have been caught in the crossfire of the smoking issue.

“Whilst the trade may well recover eventually this will be the end for many traditional locals and the tradition that goes with them.”