Trade bodies' support sparks operator backlash against smoking ban

16 July 2009 by
Trade bodies' support sparks operator backlash against smoking ban

Industry bodies' support for the smoking ban has sparked a backlash from operators ahead of next year's Government review.

Last week's criticism by the British Hospitality Association and British Beer & Pub Association of Antony Worrall Thompson's Save Our Pubs and Clubs campaign to overturn the 2007 smoking ban has stirred up yet more controversy over the issue.

Phil Smith, a former pub landlord, is calling for a return to separate rooms: "1 July 2007 was the day the death sentence for the British pub was signed and sealed. What is the difficulty in reverting to smoking and non-smoking rooms? The simple solution is choice."

Brenda Orsler, a retired bar worker who is opposed to outside smoking areas added: "There are 12 million very unhappy people who do not wish to be herded outside to enjoy a legal substance. In fact, pigs are afforded better shelters."

Bill Gibson, director of the International Coalition against Prohibition, argued the link between second-hand smoking and disease remains unfounded: "Many medical professionals and scientists will testify there is no scientific evidence showing second-hand smoke is a danger to health."

Andy Davis, chairman of Freedom to Choose, added: "Ventilation systems are relatively inexpensive and provide a safe and pleasant environment for all."

However, other members of the industry, such as Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, remain firm in their support for the ban.

He said: "The smoking ban is better for our team members, the environment and our customers. You can't get rid of the smell of smoke. Non-smokers are the majority, and I would not like to see the ban reversed."

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