"International evidence suggests that, after allowing for short-term costs associated with the legislation (e.g. new signage, employee training), the introduction of smokefree legislation has a net positive effect on businesses."
"These reviews show that smokefree laws do impact businesses in the hospitality industry in a number of ways, many of them positive."
"overall, however, existing evidence from developed countries in particular suggests that smokefree laws have a net positive effect on businesses (IARC, 2009)."I know. Utter bollocks, isn't it?
Now, Bauld claims that she was only reviewing the 'evidence' at the time, even though it went against every observable measure of pubs falling over in their dozens per week. However, 11,000 pub closures later - and with politicians and consumer groups agonising over how to save the very concept of the British pub - it is crystal clear that the 'evidence' was appalling and, as a result, so was Bauld's review. If you study crap, you are going to produce crap yourself.
But then, I'm pretty certain she knew what she was doing. In every jurisdiction, in every country on the planet, smoking bans coincide with huge damage to cafes, bars and restaurants. It's hardly unpredictable considering any smoker will tell you that the cigarette they smoke in their leisure time over a beer or coffee are the sweetest and - if they choose to quit - the most difficult to do without. Bauld's remit, then - which came with a price tag of £41,000 per page from our taxes - was to produce an astounding piece of Alice in Wonderland fantasy to pretend the dismantling of the traditional British pub wasn't happening.
I mention this whitewash because I can't wait to hear the junk science Aussie tobacco control liars are going to concoct to explain away this - entirely unnecessary and morally despicable - carnage that they have visited upon Sydney businesses.
Smoking Ban: @samanthabrett reports on how a Liverpool cafe owner is getting around the new law. #7News #Liverpool http://t.co/t07HFeyNvE— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 14, 2015
The mendacious tobacco control industry - as well as denying the basic rules of economics - are wilfully ignorant about business too. It is incontrovertible that if you throw your best customers out of your establishment by denying them something they enjoy, they ain't going to give you their money. The hilarious myth of non-smokers replacing them in droves is nicely illustrated as poppycock by the lifeless and empty tables in the news story above.
What I am saying is that I know 'public health' want their smoking bans - because they want to bully smokers, there's no other explanation for outdoor bans - but I wish they'd be honest about it. Isn't it well past time they admitted that was the point? Admit that bans kill businesses in their thousands wherever in the world they are tried, and have courage in their conviction that health matters more than the public's choices and the rights of business owners. Anything else - like Bauld's fraudulent review - is not only lying, but also rampant cowardice.
They are not any friend of smokers, they're not 'encouraging' or 'supporting' them, they're just nasty fucks who happily derive income from deliberately inflicting misery and penury on others.
In any other area of life, we jail people for that.
UPDATE: There's one more facet of the New South Wales law featured in the clip above - which I commented on here - that further illustrates the insanity of tobacco controllers.
The law demands that smoking and eating should not happen in the same place, and designates fines for the smoker or business owner who allows it. But, as we see from the news report, owners are putting up clear signage saying that food must not be eaten in the smoking area. So what does any particular enforcement officer do when someone takes a sandwich from the eating area and goes to sit with the smokers to eat it?
Apparently, it has been noted that the law doesn't provide for fining eaters for eating in the wrong place. So what can they do? Fine the smoker for not moving, the owner for not stopping them from choosing where to sit?
It is, however, a recipe for disruption and enmity for people who just want to be left alone to enjoy their leisure time. As I've said many times before ...
Good old tobacco control, eh? Still fostering discord where once there was tolerance and harmony.Stick them all in clink and throw away the key.