Six out of 10 restaurants in South Korea suffered revenue declines after the imposition of a tobacco smoking ban in July, according to a story in The Korea Herald quoting the results of a survey published yesterday.
Nearly 59.3 percent of restaurant owners who responded to the survey said their revenues had fallen as a result of the new smoking regulations.
The average reported fall in revenues was 17.6 percent.
The smoking ban that went into effect on July 1 affected only certain restaurants, based on size.
But all restaurants will be smoke-free by 2015, when stronger regulations are due to come into force.
The survey, which consulted 300 restaurant owners, was commissioned by the Korea Smokers’ Association.
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