With opponents like this in the picture, it seems unlikely that such polite requests will be heeded. The official anti-smoking position (from the World Health Organisation) is that no amount of ventilation will work. Unless the SLTA is firing off more powerful cylinders in private than it appears to be doing in public (and I really hope that they are), I might ask why anyone from Croatia or Holland was invited to speak to licensees. These countries operate under systems that allow smoking, and they have had to fight their corner in order to permit smoking on their premises.He said: “No-one wants to go back to the old ways of smoke-filled pubs and people coming out of pubs smelling of smoke, but I think it is appropriate to see if there is a way we can be sympathetic to everyone.“This might be through a certain amount of ventilation, and by allowing only certain types of operations to allow smoking. There are some smaller operators that don’t have an outdoor area and can’t do food and are one step away from closure."
The leader of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association, another trade body, on the other hand, observes politely that tobacco restrictions are going to increase rather than decrease under the new administration ... but hey, let's go with the flow!