Ventilation key TO industry call for special bar licences

Publicans appeal for the return of smoking

By Ryan Crighton

Published: 29/12/2010

Scotland’s pub industry has made a fresh call for the government to repeal the ban on smoking in public places to allow customers to light up in selected bars around the country.

They have been given new hope by events in the Netherlands, which has allowed the partial lifting of the ban for pubs that are less than 750sqft and staffed solely by the owner.

It is a major victory for anti-ban campaigners and the first relaxation of the controversial law in Europe.

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