Business owners oppose smoking ban

14th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 March 2007 AMSTERDAM – Three café owners from Amsterdam and The Hague are joining forces to oppose a total ban on smoking in cafes, restaurants, bars and night-clubs.

14 March 2007
 
AMSTERDAM – Three café owners from Amsterdam and The Hague are joining forces to oppose a total ban on smoking in cafes, restaurants, bars and night-clubs.

They have set up the Platform Horeca & Ventilatie (Hospitality industry & ventilation) as part of their efforts, says business owner and chairman of the Amsterdam hospitality industry association Paul Hermanides said on Wednesday.

Together with two colleagues he wants to bring a better ventilation system to the attention of Public Health Minister Ab Klink, who wants to move up a ban on smoking from 2011 to 2008.

The platform wants to offer hospitality industry business owners an alternative to a total ban on smoking. Hermanides said that ventilation systems have been so improved over the past six months that the air quality in cafés will be "clean enough" if they are used.

The business owners also fear a decrease in turnover. "Turnover fell by 20 percent in the first year in countries where a smoking ban has been introduced," says Hermanides.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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