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Olly Wehring | 21 November 2007

The UK smoking ban is maybe not as much of an excuse as the brewers would have us believe.

The news yesterday (20 November) that the volume of on-trade beer sales in the UK is at its lowest level since the 1930s flies somewhat in the face of some evidence - albeit anecdotal - that I heard over the weekend.

Post-football (playing not watching - how do you think I keep in such fine fettle?), we went for a well-earned pint at our nearest smoke-free hostelry.

One of our team, the left-back actually, commented on how he'd quit smoking when the ban was introduced in the UK in the summer. How was he finding it, I asked.

"Pretty easy, actually," he said, "although I find I'm drinking much more than I used to."

Why?

"Well, I need to do something with my hands now that I'm not holding a cigarette."


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