It would of course be hard to imagine any other outcome. If the use of a particular product is restricted, it does tend to have an effect on how much people will tend to buy it. Look at gun sales in the UK relative to the US. But the cigarette companies seem confident that sales will begin to climb again soon enough. In direct relation, we’re sure, to the number of unthumbed copies of ‘Teach Yourself To Quit Smoking’ heading for the recycling.
Cigarette bosses are perhaps basing this optimism on developments in the smoke-friendly bingo world. Some bingo halls are offering shelters in the car park, complete with wireless applications, to enable their committed punters to puff away while still playing the game.