The German Hotel and Restaurant Association has spoken out against a possible EU ban on smoking in workplaces. Ernst Fischer, the head of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association, said: "A smoking ban would be the death knell for many small corner pubs and would costs thousands of jobs." The comments followed an interview with David Byrne, the EU health commissioner, in Die Welt in which he said that Germany is not doing enough to fight nicotine addiction. Byrne has said that he hopes to make smoky bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants a thing of the past throughout the EU, and he favours a smoking ban in all workplaces.