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Hard to implement veto on smoking

Published on October 1st, 2007 18:10

Port Elizabeth, nicknamed The Friendly City becomes unfriendly as a consequence of smoking ban launching in public places, in particular in restaurants and pubs. Proprietors of such places complain about moral competence to interdict to their clients to light up in areas where smoking is prohibited.

They say that even they have placed no-smoking signs and created special restricted areas for smoking, it is not enough. Visitors continue to smoke and owners cannot embargo to do this, because as Herald Goddard, the manager of the pub at the Buccaneers Sports Club speaks: We're in the hospitality business. Our job is to keep people happy.

Goddard said that biggest part of his clients were smokers. It'll be impossible to play speed cop when they've come to relax with a drink and a smoke

It is hard to work and create an agreeable atmosphere for clients if you do not respect their desires.

It has been proposed to fine those who light up in smoke-free areas. The idea is inspired by Gary Prytchard, the manager of Guido's in East London. Prytchard thinks that local officials must offer to owners the right to fine clients who do not respect the regulation.

According to related, fines vary between R200 and R50 000.