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Smoking ban killed pubs; Letters, comments and emails.

I READ with interest your 'News In Numbers' on the death of the local pub.

Surely there's something major missing from the article though, by choosing the base year as 2010 and not before 2007 when the smoking ban came in.

I'm sure that if the base year was 2006, the dramatic decline would have prompted another element to the analysis of high beer duty, VAT and business rates you provide.

That element would be banning smoking totally from pubs in 2007, which immediately led to many closures and prompted great numbers to stay at home rather than sit or stand outside freezing.

Anyone who used to go in locals a few nights a week, or ran pubs during that period, will tell you that. But they are not asked in your article and so there are just glib responses from professionals who are in denial about the effects of the act, promoted so wholeheartedly by the likes of Pat Carney and his ilk.

No doubt there are health benefits, but there are also deficits to health too such as loneliness and depression through not seeing people, as well as the tragic loss of the 'social hub' you mention.

My main exercise was walking to my local. It's now a shop and the local shops are the only place I see the people I used to natter to and have a laugh with.

Bill Flynn, Farnworth

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Apr 12, 2019
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