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07-09-2010, 19:40
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Last week, I referred to a study by CR Consulting (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2010/09/youd-never-have-thought-it.html) demonstrating how the smoking ban had been the primary cause of pub closures over the past three years. Dave Atherton has now written about this at more length (http://blog.iea.org.uk/?p=4222) on the blog of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

While in-depth research would be required to ascertain accurately the relative impact of various factors, the statistical evidence certainly appears to support the view that the smoking ban is playing a pivotal role in the rapid decline of Britain’s pubs. If this is the case, the policy implications are clear: to reduce the rate of closures, pubs and clubs should at the very least be allowed to provide separate ventilated smoking rooms.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5623537812609722663-6375473112882407609?l=pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.com

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