It seems almost inconceivable that in future generations smoking will be tolerated in restaurants and bars any more than it is in aircraft and offices today, says the Financial Times’ Leader column. It says the question is how we get from here to there. It says a phased reduction in smoking areas, as proposed in Britain, would give smokers and bar owners time to adapt. But it believes the writing is on the wall for total bans. Ireland’s and New York City’s experience of a legal ban has been one of noticeable lack of bankruptcies and closures, the leader column says. Financial Times 11/09/04 page 12 (Leader)