Pubs have sold 175 million fewer pints in the past year as a direct result of the smoking ban, according to market analysts AC Nielsen. It reports that the winter months were particularly bad, with sales down 9% through November to January when smokers were reluctant to go outside for a cigarette. Sales of wine were not hit as hard, dropping 4% after the ban, while cigarette sales have dropped 6% since 1 July last year. Pub landlords at The Longs Arms in South Wraxall, Wiltshire, have condemned the smoking ban for turning their hostelry into a restaurant. Sir Walter was said to have smoked the first pipe on British soil in 1585 but a drastic fall in the number of drinkers have led the pub to concentrate on food to make ends meet. Despite the ban, brewer Greene King pushed profits up £142m in the year to May and brokers are forecasting modest progress in 2008. The Observer 06/07/2008 page 10 The Observer (Business) 06/07/2008 page 10 Sunday Express 06/07/2008 page 23