Restaurant owners plan sit-in over smoking ban

BEIRUT: The Association of Restaurant Owners said Monday it will hold a sit-in Wednesday to press the government to amend a recently passed indoor smoking ban. “The ‘traditional ways’ [of protest] and visits to top officials have failed to alleviate the huge losses restaurants [incurred because of the law number 174],” Toni al-Rami, secretary-general of the association told the Central News Agency. Rami said the efforts to convince officials to amend the law have failed, adding “restaurants saw business falling between 70 and 80 percent just before the Ashrafieh explosion and [even worse following the explosion].” The hospitality association has on numerous occasions called for amendments to the ban to allow smoking in pubs and nargileh cafes. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 06, 2012, on page 5.




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