the business will make more money
Being a ex bar/restaurant manager from the UK, i can say for a fact the increases were:
-Higher cleaning costs
-Many fines from the council for littering, due to cigarette butts on the floor outside
We did how ever see a massive increase in bar food, which was great
Then all of a sudden our sales trends changed, suddenly we lost out fri/sat 5pm-8pm trade, people started come out later and trade picked up 9-10pm, as they can stay at home, drink and smoke without having to sit outside in the freezing cold!
The smoking ban made a mess of the pub/bar culture!
Being a non-smoker i like drinking when there is no smoking, but it dosent stop me from going to the pub for to drink!
I think for the industry, its a bad idea
what about the staff who are forced to work in a stinking and dangerous atmosphere?
They make the choice to work in that environment, it isn't forced upon them!