Pubs show little desire to stub out smoking ban

In collaboration with the Press Association

The majority of pubs in England and Wales want the smoking ban to stay in place, a new survey has revealed.

The ban, which affects all enclosed public places and workplaces, was introduced in England on July 1st 2007 and is viewed as the most important public health measure in a generation.

A poll of 500 licencees has now been conducted by CGA Strategy on behalf of Britvic and trade magazine The Publican, revealing that three quarters would not want it to be overturned.

In addition, a quarter of licencees revealed that they have attracted new customers since the ban was introduced, while 20 per cent have seen an increase in their food sales.

Only 26 per cent believe the ban was a negative move.

Elspeth Lee, Cancer Research UK's senior tobacco control manager, said: "This is welcome news.

"We already know that the vast majority of people think the smoking ban is a good thing and that there's clear evidence it's already improved the health of barworkers.

"Continued strong and widespread support from pub landlords can only help maximise the health benefits to all."

The survey also revealed that the public are coming around to the idea, as 51 per cent of the pub licencees had heard mainly positive feedback from customers, while just 22 per cent claimed that the majority of feedback was negative.