The Save Our Pubs and Clubs campaign has prepared a report which claims traditional inner city pubs have suffered the most since the introduction of the ban four years ago this week.

Robert Hancocke, landlord of the Mardyke, in Hotwell Road, agrees and is among those backing the campaign. He said: "I run six pubs in the city and I have seen a big decline in the trade since the law came in.

"I’ve been doing this for 15 years and I’ve seen a lot of pubs close in the past few years. Obviously there are other factors involved but I would say the smoking ban is 90 per cent responsible.

Smoking bans are bad for business here is another example.



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