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Fiction changes with the times

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM
  • Nightclub creates non-smoking environment

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

Fiction nightclub, the hub of entertainment life at The Marketplace, in St Andrew, has made the move to ban smoking inside its venue.

Francine Misir, marketing manager of the nightclub, told The Gleaner that the decision to ban smoking inside the club was to give patrons a choice.

"We decided to take this route in order to provide our patrons with a choice. Through the Courtesy of Choice campaign led by Carreras, we have been able to create an area where smokers and non-smokers can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere to party. Our smoking deck has music and an independent bar to keep our customers fully entertained."

The Courtesy of Choice Campaign gives patrons the choice of balance.

According to Christopher Brown, head of corporate and regulatory affairs at Carreras Limited, "Our policy is one of balance. Balance in the right of both smokers and non-smokers. We have been working with outlets such as Fiction, Redbones and others to institute in their set-up a smoking area outdoor ... we respect the rights of non-smokers not to be impacted by second-hand smoke."

Brown further went on to say that patrons who visit Fiction will have the same experience, whether they are inside the club or outside in the Dunhill Smoking Lounge.

"We are also working with the Government on a new initiative which will see a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces. When this law is enacted, Fiction and other nightclubs won't be able to accommodate smoking, so this is just a proactive move on our part," Brown said.

Misir says they are anticipating an increase in patrons as Fiction is one of the few places which provide a party atmosphere for both smokers and non-smokers.

The new non-smoking policy, which became effective on April 4, has already been receiving positive feedback.

"We have had nothing but positive feedback from our patrons. They welcome this change. We aim to provide an atmosphere where everyone can gather, indulge and escape," Misir told The Gleaner.