Almost seven out of ten licensees want the smoking ban amended to allow for separate smoking rooms.
An exclusive survey of the Publican's Morning Advertiser readership revealed 68.3% either agree or strongly agree that pubs should be permitted to have separate smoking rooms, in line with some European countries. Furthermore, six out of 10 felt there should be designated smoking and non-smoking bars.
The survey, published in this week's edition, follows a major feature about the smoking ban that appeared in the Morning Advertiser in May. It included a four-page editorial feature plus a four-page cover wrap that was placed by the Forest-run Save Our Pubs and Clubs campaign.
The cover wrap (above right) featured two pages of advertorial. One was headlined: 'Out in the cold: why smokers are turning their backs on the British pub'. The other read: 'It's time to relax the smoking ban: Government should look to Europe say campaigners'.
It appears that the majority of publicans agree with us.
The two features are now available as a special supplement that you can download and view here.
It includes comments by Joe Jackson and Pensioner Ellie plus quotes from other readers of this blog: Pat Nurse, Nick Lowe, Tim Paton, Liz Barber and Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie.