The no smoking in bars law in NYC, Calif. and elsewhere is one of the dumbest examples of well-intentioned paranoia I've run across yet.
The number of pints served in Britain's pubs and bars in the run-up to the busy festive period declined by almost 10% as chilly smokers, no longer allowed a cigarette inside a pub, cut short their drinking time or stayed at home.
In the first winter since the UK-wide ban on smoking in public places was imposed in July, pub beer consumption for November fell 9.7% against the same period in 2006, according to industry figures.
Pub bosses expected the ban to hit hardest in winter but the November decline is by far the steepest since the restrictions were extended from Scotland into Wales and England last year. UK beer sales in August, the second month of the nationwide ban, were down just 2.5%.
The November figures followed falls of 8.2% and 7.7% for September and October respectively and appeared to hit every type of beer. "All categories fell - there was nowhere to hide," said Mark Brumby, an analyst at Blue Oar Securities. "Premium ale was down 6.9%, standard ale 9.6%, standard lager 10.4%, premium lager 8.3% and stout 10.6%."
He suggested that smaller, tenanted pubs and free houses were likely to be among the most exposed to the exodus of smoking customers. Many larger managed pub groups have taken steps to increase their food offering, appealing to people previously put off by the smoky atmosphere.
Mitchells & Butlers, the largest managed group, which includes the Harvester, Toby Carvery and O'Neill's chains, claims to sell more turkey than Tesco and JD Wetherspoon sells more than 250,000 breakfasts and more Lavazza coffee than any other retailer.
Maybe the laws about the anti-smoking are really contradictory,
but it wanted to protect the health of the majority of the people,
in essence, want people to quit smoking.
This is weird but yeah why not
smoking isnt good for health why put trash on your body
if you think health is wealth