The Caterer
Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Scotland's smoking ban pulls in the punters

26 June 2006

Scotland's smoking ban is attracting people back into pubs and bars rather than driving them away, according to a new report from Cancer Research.

The new report found that nearly a quarter of Scots are more likely to visit pubs and bars more often now that they are smoke-free.

The poll, which included smokers and non-smokers, found nearly a quarter of those quizzed (24%) are now more likely to visit their local thanks to the smoking ban introduced in March.

In addition to this, nearly half (45%) of respondents said they were still going to a pub or bar just as frequently as before the start of the ban.

Jean King, Cancer Research UK's director of tobacco control, said: "The results of this survey should reassure publicans still worried that the smoking ban will drive customers away. They mirror the positive experience of other countries that have already gone smoke-free."

King said making pubs and bars smoke-free gave workers the protection they deserved and created a more appealing place for customers to enjoy a drink.

Swallow abandons legal challenge to smoking ban >>

Scottish Executive declines to comment on smoking shelters >>

Scottish drinkers have taken the ban in their stride, says Enterprise inns >>

England to repeat Scotland's smoking ban errors >>

By Matthew Batham

Get your copy of Caterer and Hotelkeeper every week -

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking