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Sam Swift and Chyrell Standish, Joxer Brady's, Stafford Ownership: Marston's Pub Company tenancy Action taken: Stop-smoking clinics are hosted at the...

Sam Swift and Chyrell Standish,

Joxer Brady's,

Stafford

Ownership: Marston's Pub Company tenancy

Action taken: Stop-smoking clinics are hosted at the pub on Tuesday nights, in partnership with Staffordshire Primary Care Trust. About 15 to 20 regulars are signed up to the free service, where the best nicotine replacement therapy is advised. The pub has no beer garden and Swift said: "We have applied for a pavement licence but even if it's accepted, it'll take ages to come through. The only solution we could think of is trying to get customers to quit smoking. We offer a comfortable environment where you can have a drink while you wait for your slot. So far, eight people have managed to kick the habit."

Food has been introduced for the first time and the pub now offers made-to-order pies, puddings and tarts.

Cost: The clinics cost the pub nothing; establishing the food offer cost about £6,500.

Problems? None, but if group numbers suddenly swell, space could be tight.

Advice for other licensees: "Call your local Primary Care Trust, who should welcome any offers to host a stop- smoking clinic," said Swift.

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