April 12, 2006
It's now a little over two weeks since the smoking ban came in, and for the first time the other day, I passed a pair of smoking enforcers in the street...at least I think that's what they are. It says 'environmental warden' on the back of their jacket and that's who is policing the ban. Mind you, not that it has needed much policing. People are complying with the law and I've only heard of 4 warnings being given to bar owners so far. The ban has also not had the effect that the pub owners' association had feared. Some bars are reportng a 25% increase in takings since the ban according to yesterday's Scotsman newspaper. For bars serving food, the food takings are up significantly and most bars report a 5-10% increase in trade. Also, anecdotal reports say that smokers seem to be drinking faster, so they can go and have a cigarette outside and order a fresh drink when they come back in! Apparently though, the bouncers are now complaining of passive smoking!
Posted by G Fraser at 10:03