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TV chef, publican and foodie campaigner Antony Worrall Thompson has launched an e-petition calling on the government to review the smoking ban – which came into force more than two years ago.
Since the ban was introduced many top chefs, and people from the foodie world have backed the Save Our Pub’s ongoing campaign to urge ministers to look again at the ban.
They want pubs to be able to allow designated smoking areas – rooms which would be just for those who wanted to go for a quick fag.
But ministers have denied that it is just down to the smoking ban.
Although the UK riots of a couple of weeks ago, may have worried some about the effects of nightlife in the UK, the BBPA said that police, community, and publicans should all come together to help the pub industry thrive in the UK.
spokesman for BBPA, said: “Pubs have a vital role to play in a vibrant high
street. They are vital to tourism and hospitality, and often occupy historic
buildings or have taken over retail sites that could otherwise have turned into
“Pubs also have a great track record of adapting to meet customers’ needs – look at the huge growth in pub food, the great value to be had, and also the way pubs are investing in state of the art coffee machines.
He told the Publican magazine: “Since the introduction of the smoking ban there has been a dramatic increase in pub closures. The ban has damaged local communities with thousands of people deciding to stay at home instead of going out.
“Let’s be fair. Tobacco
is a legal product. In
“If the government doesn’t want adults to smoke at home in front of the children or litter the streets, they should be allowed to smoke in some licensed premises.”
Simon Clark, director of
“Let common sense prevail. A modest change in the law is all we ask.”CLICK HERE TO BACK THE TV CHEF'S EPETITION TO GET THE GOVERNMENT TO LOOK AGAIN AT THE SMOKING BAN.