Ook in Toronto is een publieksonderzoek gedaan naar de steun voor de rookverboden in die stad. Het beeld is hetzelfde als dat in New York: een overgrote meerderheid vindt dat roken in de lokale horeca weer moet worden toegestaan: drie van de vier Torontonianen zegt erg ontevreden te zijn met de rookverboden.
TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ – An independent study conducted for the Pub and Bar Coalition of Canada (PUBCO) clearly indicates overwhelming public support from Torontonians for Designated Smoking Rooms (DSR’s) in the City’s bars and pubs. The research, conducted by Northstar Research Partners, strongly supports allowing small businesses to offer their patrons a choice of smoking
and non-smoking areas.
The survey reported 75% of Torontonians believe DSRs should be allowed in bars and pubs and 57% believe DSRs should be allowed in restaurants. 58% of Torontonians feel the City should honour its original agreement with the
hospitality industry and continue to allow DSRs. 66% of respondents believe individual bar and restaurant owners – not the City – should be able to decide whether or not they offer DSRs.
“Some members of City Council have forgotten they were elected to represent the public’s will. The public has spoken clearly – bars and restaurants should be able to offer their patrons both smoking and non-smoking areas. The public wants a balanced solution to meet everyone’s needs,” noted Karen Bodirsky, PUBCO spokesperson. “Bar and pub owners are struggling to meet their financial obligations due to the estimated $429 million loss the hospitality industry is facing from the SARS crisis. Our businesses can’t afford to lose more customers.”