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Still smoking in some bars and restaurants, survey finds

Gercine Carter

Still smoking in some bars and restaurants, survey finds

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The National Committee for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCPADD) is appealing to all bar and restaurant owners to place no-smoking signs in their businesses in compliance with the recently-passed act.
President of the committee Victor Roach said the majority of Barbadians observed the ban on smoking in public places. However an NCPADD- commissioned survey revealed that smoking was continuing in some bars and restaurants.
Dieter Mennekes, an associate member of the committee, was commissioned to visit bars to see how the law was being observed by patrons and workers, six months after the Health Services Act was amended to outlaw smoking in public places.
Mennekes told the DAILY NATION recently he had gone to 26 businesses and while most observed the ban, there was still smoking in 30 per cent of them, mostly on the south coast and a few on the west coast. He expressed concern that most places had not posted no-smoking signs.