From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, October 9, 2003.
Men leaning over the front bar for a schooner of beer while quietly rolling a cigarette is a familiar sight for any Murraylands pub-goer, but it is a sight which may soon disappear.
A number of publicans this week raised concerns about a proposed state government ban on smoking in hotels, saying it will result in a drop in patronage and job loss if introduced in 2005.
Murray Bridge Hotel proprietor Karen Milesi said a high percentage of the hotel's front bar patrons were smokers, and there was nowhere they could then smoke within the venue.
Health Minister Lea Stevens said the restrictions to smoking in public places were required in response to overwhelming scientific evidence and public concern about the risk of passive smoking.
She said smoking would also be banned in all workplaces and shopping centres, with the proposal to appear in cabinet soon.