More than 2,000 coffee shops shut down… smoking ban blamed

Nabihah Hamid

Coffee shop operators say one in five of their member restaurants has closed down since the smoking ban was implemented on January 1. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 19, 2019.

ONE in five coffee shops – or more than 2,000 – has rolled down its shutters in the last six months as a result of the ban on smoking in eateries, said operators.

They said six months since the ban was imposed, their business has nosedived as smokers shied away.

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  • Bullshit and nonsense from these operators

    Posted 4 years ago by SY L

  • Pure nonsense....

    Posted 4 years ago by Francis Chang

  • Perhaps the government considered the time, money and resources spent treating both smokers and passive smokers when this ban was imposed.

    Posted 4 years ago by V W

  • These coffee shop operators are just bullsh*ting! In my housing area there are way too many coffee shops. All of them are selling similar low quality food. It's just a matter of time many coffee shops will have to close down due to poor business. There just aren't enough customers to support so many of them.
    Only those selling decent quality food will survive. Blame your poor business skill rather than smoking ban!
    Majority of the public support the ban. I will never go into the coffee shop if I see the customers customers smoking in the shop.

    Posted 4 years ago by Chee yee ng

    • You just stay home and eat your toast ok :)

      Posted 4 years ago by K Pop

  • A bowl of noodles here cost rm4 while a cup of coffee cost nearly rm2
    Might as well tapao better

    Posted 4 years ago by S L

  • Bullshit from cosan. They are facing a situation of too many coffee shops chasing the limited number of customers. If they do not upgrade their food and drinks, Good luck to them. Support smoking ban and make sure it is enforced to the letter.

    Posted 4 years ago by Robert Phang

  • Cosan coffee is mediocre. Other outlets already closed before the ban was announced. Please la.

    Posted 4 years ago by Gerald Lau

  • The smoking ban has little to no effect. I still see ppl smoking in mamak stalls and coffee shops.

    Posted 4 years ago by Justin Then

  • Can ppl smoke in Cosans Coffee as it is aircond ventilated? Don't blame on the policy..and c u see how bubble tea owners did their biz even with the implementation of non smoking policy. The consumers behavior are changing without Cosans Coffee realising it jus like Nokia phone maker story.

    Posted 4 years ago by Chong Choong Kian