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Restaurants ready for smoking ban

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18:04 CEST+02:00
The countdown has begun. Soon all restaurants in Sweden will become non-smoking - but many owners who were sceptical to the new law say they are not worried anymore.

"The ban has been longed-awaited from both sides," says environmental inspector Åse Thorné.

According to a Temo survey, eight of ten Swedes are not planning to change their restaurant visiting habits because of the ban after the 1st of June and two out of ten said they will visit restaurants more often. Only three percent of the respondents said they anticipated visiting restaurants less after the ban, reported Dagens Nyheter.

On the other hand, a restaurant owner who spoke to TT said he thinks people will be making a dash for the street more than before. But the great unknown facing the restaurateurs is the likely impact on takings.

"We don't know what will happen with the turnover. We have to look after the smokers so they feel welcome as well," said Fredrik Norberg, restaurant manager at Sturehof in Stockholm.

Leif Rönngren, social-democrat vice-mayor in Stockholm told TT that, despite rumours to the contrary, it will be possible to apply for a permit for outdoor service for the entire year.

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