Around 7,000 restaurant and bar owners and their employees took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday, to protest over plans to make the city smoke-free. Protesters carrying banners and smoking cigarettes marched from Chater Garden to the Central Government Offices in Central. Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, a legislator representing the catering industry who helped organise the march, explained that many believed that the proposed ban on smoking in all public areas would deliver a crushing blow to the hospitality industry.