How it affects businesses

There is advice available to you, via Business Link Somerset. They can offer support and ideas to negate the impact losing custom will have.

Consider running a stop smoking group for your customers with the help of the NHS Stop Smoking service, contact the helpline: 0800 169 0 169. People are four times more likely to succeed in quitting with NHS support.

Remember that three quarters of the population don't smoke, and a lot of locals may have been avoiding your business because of the smoke.  Think about how you can attract some of these people to become your new regulars.  The chances are most of the people living within walking distance of your pub are not your customers at the moment.  You only need to attract a small proportion of them to replace losses from smokers.  You may also be able to increase revenues from existing customers.

Business Link Somerset can also offer advice on employment issues surrounding the smoke free legislation.

If you have a pub or club which does not have the facilities to provide food itself, why not link up with a local takeaway to deliver food to customers in your pub?