Since the ban was introduced in Ireland (2004) pubs have been much less frequented.
As I said in my post, the smoking ban isn't really to blame for that.
The Vintners associations and most other publicians in Ireland but the blame squarely on 2 factors,
1. the strict drink-driving laws, (which aren't strict enough in my opinion) and
2. the economy
The smoking ban was in for a long time before the country starting going downhill and I'd bet my last shilling that if a vote was taken on it in Ireland the non-smokers who go to bars would out vote the smokers.
You might want to check who is lobbying for this legislature (and who did in the UK)
Why? It's not like I can vote here anyway and what difference does it make :-/
Small places will be affected, and you'll end up with crappy chain places all over the place like on the island.
What island? Ireland? There's not that many chain pubs in Ireland, sure there's a few companies, but they don't operate chains, each pub is usual different, for it to be a chain, then they'd all look the same and I doubt paddys would go to chain pubs.
Unless you mean britain, yea they have chains alright, like Witherspoons, that's the name aint it? I can't really say anythng on this, I've only ever been in one and that was in Edinburgh, I dont really know much about the pub culture in uk, coz anytime I've been there it's only been for things like weddings, funerals etc so I dont do get a chance to do a lot of hanging out
Anyway, everyone says the same thing before it comes into effect in all the countries that have it now,
it'll ruin the pub economy, it'll cut jobs, people won't go etc,
but from what I've seen back in Ireland, then that's not really the case, so long as Poland's economy keeps growing then people will have money to go to pubs/restaurants.
I shoulda been done in the summer though, when people could sit outside in beergardens, doing it before the onset of winter is a bit thick in fairness