For many smoking and drinking mix, but the reality is that a smoky bar really reduces your ability to enjoy a craft beer, good wine or well made whiskey because the smoke clouds your ability to smell and taste the beverage. That's before we even get to the health implications of second hand smoke.
Having lived in New York after a ban on restaurant smoking, I now live in North Carolina and have returned to having to deal with smoke-filled bars and eateries. Owners fear any talk of going smokeless, saying it will hurt business. No comes a report from a major pub company in the United Kingdom that refutes that claim.
Greene King announced today that the smoking ban that went into place in Scotland in March 2006 did not have the devastating impact on sales that had been predicted. The 205-year-old brewery said sales at the pubs it manages are up 3.6 percent for the first half of its fiscal year, while tenant-owned pubs are up 1.3 percent. It noted that sales in pubs in its Belhaven division in Scotland were off 2.8 percent, much less than had been expected.
It is good news for pubs across the U.K. England and Wales are set to join Scotland as smoke free in July.