May 12, 2009
Brit pub finds smoking ‘loophole’
The landlady of a British pub said she has found a
legal loophole to allow her to bring back indoor smoking by opening a
smoking research center.
Kerry Fenton, 36, said one of her customers, James Martin, 40, studied The Smoke-Free Regulations 2007 and found a
legal loophole indicating the Cutting Edge pub in Barnsley, England, could offer indoor smoking if a room in the building was classified as a
smoking research center, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
She said the system works by allowing customers to smoke in the designated room after they fill out a research survey about their smoking habits. Fenton said the move has been a boon for business.
Before our research center opened we were lucky to get 10 people in at a weekend and we were struggling to survive. It's certainly given business a shot in the arm and it's all in the name of research, legal and above aboard, she said.
Local authorities said they are investigating the matter.