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November 27th, 2008:

Should The Ban On Smoking In Bars Be Delayed?

Nov 27th 2008 – SCMP

To protect the health of all citizens, there should be no delay on the ban on smoking in bars.

As bar staff inhale passive smoke, they have a higher chance of suffering respiratory diseases. Bar staff are there to earn a living – this should not mean that they have to risk their health.

The government has already banned smoking in public places. It is therefore high time this ban was extended to bars, in the interests of the staff.

Some operators may argue it will affect business but protecting the health of bar staff should be a top priority. If a bar is popular and has a good reputation, then customers will frequent it, even if smoking is banned.

Tsui Mang-ting, Tsuen Wan