Yes Shadow but look around, the pubs are disappearing fast. Way too fast to simply ignore.
get ready for exxile coming back
anyway if smoking is the only reason, or even the main reason for pubs going down the tubes, then there wss something wrong with pubs. Theere are lots of reasons for the decline of pubs, some external influences, some self inflicted
social habitss change
neigbourhoods change or disappear
the demography of an area changes
people prefer supping at home
the pubs are shyte
alcohol is chesaper bought at the super market
peoples' homes are more comfy-I'm not kidding one reason for people going to the pub was that it was more warm, comfortqble and convivial than your own living room
homogemneity of pubs-the only pub chain that seems to work is wetherspoons, other than that pub chain pubs are shyte.
Sheepscar in Leeds is an interesting place in its own right, particularly interesting because of the decline of its pubs. It was inevitable.
It was the home of Leeds Irish community. Pubs like the Roscoe(long demolished for road widening), the Regent, and the White Hart were centres of Irish supping and entertainment. The Regent shut recently after a swansong as an ersatz irish pub, the pointer shut, the white hart shut, as did the city of mabgate and the skinners arms. That is a major cull, but I can't see how banning smoking was a cause. The New Rscoe, developed from a defunct working mens' club does ok. It's a popular rock venue with a sometimes comical line in tribute bands.
The place has been depopulated, and split up by road schemes. the local population has changed-fewer people liove there, and those that do populate student flats and yuppie apartments, and the culture has changed by a the dispersal of the irish population.
People come from miles to check out the Sex Patels(the world's only asian sex pistols tribute bands), but they wont travel for a drink in tyhe other gaffs-there's no reason to.
maybe these4 places would be packed if people were allowed to suck cancer sticks inside them, but I don't think so somehow, and th story is repeated all over the place