Smoking ban not to blame

I write in reply to your story Cromford Landlord’s Bid (Mercury April 4).

I cannot agree with all of Dave Mounford’s conclusions when he says pub closures are the result of the smoking ban and cheap supermarket alcohol.

They are not valid points, they are half points.
From personal observation, people who like to drink, smoke and socialise don’t enjoy sitting at home with a six pack.

They much prefer calling in at the local.
As for smoking, they are able to slip out to a place set aside for smoking.
Beer sales reached their peak in 1994, long before the smoking band, and have been falling ever since.

When he mentions, greedy companies, however, charging inflated prices and rents for beers, I am with him all the way.

Edward Hobsom

Middleton, Matlock