19 Dec '11, 9pm

A reader wants smoking in coffee shops banned - and gives reasons why

Coffee shop operators who are reluctant to ban smoking at their premises, for fear that business may be affected, are rather short-sighted and misguided. In fact, business would be better. First, if smoking was banned at a coffee shop, more non-smoking customers would patronise it. As there are more non-smokers than smokers, it is likely that there would be more business overall. Second, smokers who light up at a coffee shop are not giving its stalls more business. They will not buy another bowl of noodles. In fact, because they smoke while having their drinks, they hog the tables. This brings down business turnover. It would be better if smokers move on and allow other customers to eat, especially during peak mealtimes. Third, smokers occupy more space than the average non-smoker. While non-smokers may be willing to share a table with another non-smoker, including strange...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC111220-0000056/A-mes...

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