Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Russian restauranteurs expect smoking ban to dampen business

A recent study by the Yuri Levada Center found that most Russian restaurant owners expect a decline in patronage as a result of the federal ban on smoking in restaurants.

Of the group surveyed, 82 percent said the new rules would impact their business, while 17 percent of respondents indicated that the smoking ban would have no impact on their restaurant's patronage, Ural Business Consulting reports.

As of June 1, all restaurants in the country are required to be smoke-free. While five percent of restauranteurs surveyed fully support the ban, 69 percent said smoking should be allowed in designated areas of dining establishments, and 26 percent said no limits should be placed on smoking in restaurants.

The survey was carried out of 48 cities throughout Russia, including Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Samara, Volgograd, Voronezh and Yekaterinburg, according to Ural Business Consulting.

While respondent data was analyzed and published by the center, it was collected by the Smokers' Rights Movement activist organization.