Should the smoking ban in pubs be repealed or modified ?

I would guess that everyone has a pub or two amongst their clients.

We have noticed a huge change in profitability since the smoking ban, and of course increased beer costs are simply magnifying this.  Indeed we have just advised one of our clients that, in winter (out of the holiday season), they would do better to close Monday - Thursday and save on staff costs etc.  Prior to the smoking ban even winter nights were worth opening, but not now.   

They have a succesful food trade, but, in winter even that trade fell drastically following the smoking ban as smokers are not willing to stand outside in the wind and rain. 

The government is planning to rip up much of Labours legislation.  Should they rip up, or at least modify, this legislation, to allow pubs etc to have some provision for smokers without them having to stand outside, or, are we willing to see the  inevitable death of the traditional British pub?  

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nogammonsinanundoubledgame |
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Ban it

petersaxton |
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Its not about "health" - its about which group shouts loudest

cymraeg_draig |
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A Toyota Prius owner speaks

petersaxton |
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Health issues not alleged

stepurhan |
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Not just smoking ban it's the national retailers too that are an

DMGbus |
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When the ban was introduced ...

nogammonsinanundoubledgame |
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This is more about you isn't it?

Paul Scholes |
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More issues at play

cupcake |
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Hilarious

JCresswellTax |
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To be fair...

cupcake |
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Paul & Peter

cymraeg_draig |
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Keep the ban

cathygrimmer |
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Re 1930s Germany and the UK pub trade problems

cupcake |
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CD - I'm afraid you are wrong....

stephenkendrew |

Political facts

cymraeg_draig |
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Dirty Habit

cyrynpen |

Reverse the ban

bobhurn |

The ban was originally brought in under H&S legislation

SteveOH |
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Me again

Becky Midgley |
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OK, to answer the OP

cupcake |
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cyrynpen

cymraeg_draig |
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Off topic but excercising the right of reply

cymraeg_draig |
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News to me!

ShirleyM |
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Like it Becky...

pembo |
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Pembo

cymraeg_draig |
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Totally agree with the 'quality' aspect...

cupcake |
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say soulless

pembo |
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Change happens

Paul Scholes |
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Paul

cymraeg_draig |
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Paul & CD

ShirleyM |
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Back to subject

ShirleyM |
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From CD

SteveOH |
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Where can you enjoy a drink and a smoke?

petersaxton |
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Home alone ?

cymraeg_draig |
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ShirleyM

cymraeg_draig |
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Thanks, CD

ShirleyM |
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rights and wrongs

petersaxton |
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Nuisance?

petersaxton |
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Sort of ...

ShirleyM |
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Interesting facts - since people keep bringing up the "cost" to

cymraeg_draig |
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Footie or pubs? You decide

WhichTyler |

Fact and fiction

petersaxton |
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Strange question

petersaxton |
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Dont believe all that you read Peter

cymraeg_draig |
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P&L analysis

pembo |
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Slander too

petersaxton |
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One rule for them, another for us.

cymraeg_draig |
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and being allowed to

pembo |
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One rule for them, another for us.

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