Wales rookvrij in april 2007 / Schotland treurt

De Welshe deelregering wil er geen gras over laten groeien en zo snel mogelijk het rookverbod in de horeca invoeren. De nu bekendgemaakte plannen gaan uit van 2 april 2007, nog enkele maanden vóórdat grote buur Engeland de grote stap gaat nemen, maar ná Schotland.

Inmiddels komt uit Schotland het nieuws dat de horecasector daar de pijn goed begint te voelen. De vaste klanten blijven weg en ze worden niet aangevuld met de door de anti-rokers beloofde niet-rokers.

De Schotse pubeigenaren houden hun hart vast voor de winter, wanneer ze pas echt de klappen zullen gaan krijgen.

The Welsh Assembly is planning to bring in its blanket smoking ban from April 2 next year.

First minister Rhodri Morgan will announce the ban, which will include all pubs and private members’ clubs, to the assembly in Cardiff this afternoon.

Assembly members are expected to be given a free vote on the date, but with most members in support of the ban, the date is expected to become set in stone.

The ban in England is not expected to brought in until later next summer, although the Department of Health has yet to confirm the start-date.

Wales planning to go early on smoking ban

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association survey, conducted among 365 of the 5,000 establishments across Scotland, found that the ban has hit regulars particularly hard, with 46 per cent of licensees reporting a drop in visits by regulars and only five per cent reporting an increase.

To make matters worse, any anticipated new business from non-smokers has failed to materialise.

If the survey is to be believed, 20 per cent of licensees have reported more new customers or more frequent business but 17 per cent have reported fewer.

Interestingly, even food sales dropped, by some three per cent.

Legal advice: Smoke ban starts to hit trade in Scotland

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