VIDEO - Smoke ban hits takings
5/1/11 - Over half the Belgian pubs and restaurants that went smoke free last year have registered a fall in takings. The hospitality industry says that the VAT reduction to 12% helped limit the damage to restaurants but now wants the measure extended to pubs. Stringent checks mean that only 10% of premises are now flouting the smoking ban. A total ban is being introduced in all pubs by 2014.