Granddad had a good old rant about the government targetting smoking (they obviously haven’t read [tag]The Tipping Point[/tag]). I’m agreed with him on most of his argument but I question this one:
First they introduced the ban on [tag]smoking[/tag] in public places. Pubs are now closing at the rate of one a day. The government wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t admit this – they put it down to other factors, but the publicans say that it is a major factor.
Afaik we don’t have real data for this, so why do people always assume that the [tag]smoking ban[/tag] is the reason for pubs closing? Sure the publicans claim it’s the case, but I think they’re lying or wrong.
[tag]Drink prices[/tag] in [tag]Irish[/tag] [tag]pubs[/tag] have skyrocketed recently, well more than inflation. We are changing our lifestyle and going to a friends house is much more common now than in previous years. I can get 2 bottles of wine or a box of 20 Rolling Rock for about 20 euros, how’s that compare to going to the pub?
I believe that pub prices together with a massive clampdown on drink driving in the last 5 years (which is particularly noticeable in rural areas), is a far bigger contributory factor to the closure of rural pubs than the smoking ban is.