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Smoking ban round-up

Smoking ban round-up

A year ago (1 July 2007) the smoking ban became law throughout the UK, as England caught up with the rest of the country, and hospitality workers are now breathing easy in a smoke-free environment.

The road to a ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces has been a bumpy one, since Caterer launched the Stub out Smoking campaign in September 2004 to protect the health of UK hospitality workers.

The pub industry has had to face up to changing its traditional business model. Wine sales and a quality food offering have become vitally important as pub operators turn to families, females and the over-fifties as their new customer base.

But this move could not have come at a worse time. The credit crunch has squeezed consumer spending and customers who may have been enticed into smoke-free pubs are thinking again about spending money.

The smoking ban also forced operators to embark on a mammoth refurbishment programme, redeveloping outside areas and investing in cleaner, more modern pub environments.

Like it or not the smoking ban has changing the pub industry inalterably so below you’ll find a collection of Caterersearch articles covering the smoking debate that we’ve pulled together for ease of reference.

Included is details of our campaign, the controversy and battling that surrounded the Act itself in England and Wales, Scotland’s experience with a ban and the latest news and opinion surrounding this most emotive of subjects.

Smoking ban timetable in Britain and Ireland

Republic of Ireland: March 2004
Scotland: March 2006
Wales: 2 April 2007
England: 1 July 2007
Northern Ireland: 20 April 2007


Latest news on the smoking ban

Pubs’n’Bars bucks the general malaise

Pubgoers should use jumpers, not heaters, says government

Mitchells & Butlers sees sales stagnate in challenging market

Enterprise puts £37m back into struggling pubs

Isle of Man introduces public smoking ban

JD Wetherspoon feels smoking ban pinch

Pub closure rate rises in 2007

Anger over move to ban patio heaters

Two million adults going to pubs less after smoking ban

Enterprise Inns offers rent concessions to struggling licensees

Punch reports a drop in sales after smoking ban

English public continues to back smoking ban


Smoking ban news archive

Thwaites pub profits increase after restructuring of business

Budget hotels to ban bedroom smoking from the New Year

Restaurants confident smoking ban will boost business

Support for smoking ban rises 

Businesses need to keep records of anyone caught smoking in public places

Pubs ‘n’ Bars claims smoking ban will be bad for business

Shepherd Neame smoking ban redevelopments cost £3m

Half of England unaware of smoking ban date

Amount of pub-chef job adverts soar ahead of smoking ban

Marston’s to spend £20m on outside smoking areas

London’s Savoy hotel bans smoking in public areas

Association boss attacks late publication of partial smoking ban regulations

England smoking ban set for 1 July start

Little cheer from smoking ban definition

Smoking ban already shaping pub market

Wales to ban smoking in April 2007

Smoking ban starts in Scotland


News comment on the smoking ban

Greene King drive to boost pub landladies

Smoke signals from Scotland: 18 months on

Smoking ban will make catering industry more appealing

Smoking ban the catalyst as pub market diversifies

Little cheer from smoking ban definition

English pubs get set to show smokers the great outdoors

Smoking – the aftermath

Set your sights now for when the smoke clears

What can Ireland’s smoking ban teach UK hospitality?



Smoking bans around the world

Europe-wide smoking ban proposals made

French mobilise smoking legion to enforce ban

Hong Kong smoking ban starts

France to ban smoking in public places from February next year

German government proposes watered-down ban on smoking

Hong Kong and Houston set to ban smoking in enclosed places

Fact sheets on the smoking ban

Smokefree England – the regulations: >>

Smokefree England – overview >>

Smoking ban on video

Brad Upton

Smoking ban in Arkansas

‘Bill Hicks’ at the Edinburgh Fringe

Smoking ban blog posts

Caterer Blog

BBC Action Network

Cigar Envy

Smoke-Free Scotland

The Fire Behind The Welsh Smoking Ban

The smoking ban on the web

The Health Act 2006

The smoking ban in Scotland

The smoking ban in Wales

The latest on the smoking ban on Smokefree England

BBPA concerns over elements of the smoking ban

Smoking ban in England on Wikipedia
Smoking ban on the BBC

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