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One would assume a smoking ban is the least influential factor causing a recent drop in tourism -- the constant threat of regional warfare boiling over may be a bigger influence -- but hotel and restaurants owners want officials to know that it's definitely not helping either.

Lebanon’s tourism associations renewed a demand for amending the smoking ban, warning that the sector incurred heavy losses since the law became effective last month.

Paul Ariss, head of the Restaurants Association, said. “The law was passed at the wrong time when the sector was already suffering from a sharp decline caused by political and security turmoil that [caused a sharp fall in the number] of tourists,” he added.

“We are not calling to cancel the smoking ban but [for a law] that takes our business into account,” added Pierre Achkar, head of the Hotels Association.


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