The prospect of a UK-wide smoking ban in pubs by the end of 2008 is
daunting but new research suggests the threat to trade may be
exaggerated, and trade can be maintained if firms adapt, writes
Scottish politicians are expected to vote later today to ban
smoking in public places - a move which could have a devastating
effect on the drinks trade there. But pub operators and brewers
will not take the decision lightly, and...