A downside of the ban is that in the UK, it has more or less destroyed traditional pub culture, with bars closing down at a shocking rate.
other downsides include cigarette butts littering the streets and an increase of drunken noisy people outside the pubs instead of inside where they belong
These are the unforeseen consequences of nannying regulations.
The free market should be permitted to decide this.
i love it! i quit smoking a few weeks ago and it's soooo much easier while not being around smokers in a bar...
So it's ok to restrict others' freedoms just because of your own personal interests? Seems kinda selfish. And did you smoke in bars when you were still smoking? If so, this would make you a hypocrite...