With the upcoming blanket smoking ban in England, market analysts are looking into what effects the ban is having on neighboring Scotland to get some notion as to how a similar one would affect trade for English pubs. So far, the prognosis shows an early drop in sales beyond levels anticipated in the run-up to the ban. However, in the long term, these levels should be recovered, experts said.
The U.K. Department of Health launched a consultation paper last July, where it said there still remains a lack of international evidence to support predictions of a significant drop in sales in the hospitality industry as well as speculations that the pub sector will suffer from reduced profits. Available published evidence, however, does not support this.