A ban has been put on smoking corners in eateries all over Punjab. The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has announced this new ban and it is not embraced with open arms. Local restaurants, cafes, dhaba owners have been critical about this ban, voicing their disagreements.
If smoking is banned in eateries, it clearly means loss of business for the restaurants. There are many people who come to a restaurant to smoke and enjoy good food if one of them is missing, then they will stop visiting the café or the specific eatery.
Shanawar Ali Coffee Planet Manager of Johar Town Branch said that they are ready to cooperate with PFA’s decision, but the owners are not happy with it.
He said, “We want to cooperate with the Punjab food authority or any such notification in this regard.”
As for the arrangements made in Coffee Planet with regard smoking and its effects, he informed, “The coffee chain is fully on board with smoking effects but we have already made such arrangements with highly-advanced exhaust fans. No smoke would be passed to the food area.”
PFA has asked restaurants to end all smoking corners but as of yet no implementation of the ban has been seen. In PFA’s 26th board meeting the decision to ban smoking corners in all eateries was taken unanimously.
PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal has clearly asked restaurants to display that ‘smoking is strictly prohibited here’. The reason this decision has been taken is to create a safer environment inside the restaurants as non-smokers also get affected by the hazardous smoking effects.
He said, “Cigarette smoke is injurious to health and indirectly affects the health of people including children who come to enjoy the food.”
Recently PFA also banned mineral water brands that failed to meet the standard and quality set by PFA. These brands included big names like Aquafina, Kinley, and Springley. Moreover the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has banned sales and distribution of 24 mineral water brands.