I am minded to return to this subject some 20 months after starting it.
A couple of weks ago [ I think, ] 1700 jobs were lost in Redcar in the North East of England and it was the top story of the day.
Since the smoking ban, we are learning of the Pubs closing, is now running at eight per day. How many jobs have been lost ? . Nobody knows in general how many because they never mention it, let alone give figures and debate it. We've lived through recessions before without the closing of any in my experience.I know everyone in my industry has suffered enormously. My December bookings were down this year by 50% plus.
What other outfalls has it brought ? In my experience:
People cluttering pavements in the towns with broken glases and cigarette butts all over the place leaving daytime shoppers having to walk through them with a feeling of unease.
From a warm atmosphere to freezing cold conditions resulting in chills and catching colds. I've suffered this four times to date.
Taking up smoking [ three ] as their friends go for a smoke and leave them in mid conversation. I have known no one give up.
However the worst by far is the creation of DIVISION.
Smoking rooms and Non smoking rooms. Smoking pubs and Non smoking pubs. What could be more simple than to cater for everyone ?
In conclusion, the ban was never anything to do with health. It is to do with you stopping using them. Don't go to your local for a beer and congregate. Stay at home and buy the corporates [ the real people who run this World ] and drink our beer @ £1 per pint.
Can't you see the real reason why ?
We must return to HARMONY and can with compassion and common sense. I wonder what thoughts from those who agreed with the ban at the start, see the situation now.
It's the division it has caused that really pisses me off.