Nasty smells left by sweaty summer beer drinkers have left some Dutch bar owners pining for the aroma of cigarette and cigar smoke two weeks after a smoking ban came into force.
By Bruno Waterfield in Amsterdam
Telegraph – UK
Last Updated: 7:16PM BST 14/07/2008
“There is a need for a scent to mask the sweat and other unpleasant smells like stale beer,” said Erwin van den Bergh, a spokesman for the company.
“People find that smells such as Mocha coffee, Havana cigars or cigarettes can be about good moods and different ideas of living well.”
Unlike the real thing, the artificial tobacco smells do not have any health risks and does not linger in the hair or clothing of bar customers.
“Geurmachines” come in different sizes and prices, ranging from giant smell-makers, costing £3500 for exhibition halls to smaller and cheaper scent devices for cafés, priced at £440.
Over 50 different scents are offered for the new machines ranging from tobacco aromas to the smell of leather, freshly baked bread or new cars.
The Dutch smoking ban began on July 1.