By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
This month marks ten years since indoor public places went smoke-free in Saskatchewan. On January 1, 2005, amendments to The Tobacco Control Act came into effect banning smoking in bars, restaurants and other enclosed public places. CBC News reported on January 5 that some rural businesses were hit hard by the ban. Rural hotels saw a 25-30% drop in alcohol sales and one in five rural bars closed. However, CBC News also reported on January 6 that the smoking rate across the province has also decreased. In 2005, one in four people in the province were smokers, but now the rate is closer to one in five.