Edmonton, provincie Alberta. De lokale horeca start petities om de voorgestelde anti-rookwetten in de stad te bevechten. De oplossing met geventileerde ruimten voldoet volledig, zeggen de horecaorganisaties, dus zo’n anti-rookwet is helemaal niet nodig en brengt ons economische schade toe.
“Banning smoking in all restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs effective July 2003, with bingo halls and casinos following suit in 2005, is unrealistic, unreasonable and unacceptable,” it reads.
It reminds councillors that surveys have shown “63% of Edmontonians want the hospitality industry to be able to use ventilation or other options to cater to their smoking customers.”
It argues that “a long-term ventilation-based solution is in place in British Columbia and is working well … I urge you not to let special-interest groups and personal agendas guide your decision on an issue that will have a significant negative impact on business.”