Untitled Posted September 9, 2004 Report Share Posted September 9, 2004 Smoking at the bar in a third of British pubs is to be banned, says the British Beer and Pub Association. The body claims that around 22,000 bars and pubs will enforce a ban before the end of next year. Five chains have signed up for the measure after customers were questioned on their preferences. Simon Clark, director of smokers' rights group Forest, said: "We support these proposals to a degree because they still allow an element of choice." The British Beer and Pub Association hopes that within five years around 80% of pub space will eventually become non-smoking. But the measure falls short of a complete ban on smoking in pubs. Mitchells & Butlers, Punch Pub Company, Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises and Spirit Group and Enterprise Inns are all planning to enforce the ban. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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