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Ban goes up in puff of smoke

 
Friday, October 8th, 2004

A Birmingham pub that became the first in the city to go smoke-free has stubbed out the ban after just TWO weeks.

Bar staff at Bennetts put the ash trays back out this week after the move saw takings slump by a staggering 40 per cent.

Steve Savva, manager of Bennetts, said he was annoyed people calling for smoke-free pubs had not supported their efforts.

“It is a shame because we took a risk giving the public what they said they wanted,” said Mr Savva.

“Since going smokefree, we lost a lot of regulars and only gained three or four people and that is not enough to sustain a business in the city centre.

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