Smokers lit up as usual to enjoy the final Saturday night of puffing in bars - before a full ban takes effect on Wednesday - with some feeling frustrated but others thinking it may help them quit the habit. Non-smokers working in bars said they looked forward to the clean air that was long overdue. Jacob Bluhme, a smoker and shipping company sales director, said he had already encountered smoking bans in Los Angeles, Chicago and Singapore. 'I hate the smoking ban,' he said, drawing on a cigarette in a Lan Kwai Fong pub. 'Hong Kong is like my last safe haven.' He said he might go out less at night as a result of the ban. 'I might just stay home and have a cigarette on my balcony,' he said. At the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, June 30, smoking will no longer be permitted in bars, nightclubs, clubs, massage venues, mahjong parlours and bathhouses. But Christen Ho, 29, said she was comfortable with the ban, which she said would help her quit smoking. 'I intend to quit anyway, so this can help a little bit,' Ms Ho said in a pub. The full ban may worry some pub managers, but Warren McInnes, manager of The Keg on D'Aguilar Street in Central and a non-smoker, said he felt great about the whole thing. 'I will be extremely happy with the smoking ban when it comes into effect,' he said, adding that he believed the full ban would not have a big impact on his business. The Keg would still sell cigarettes under the full smoking ban, as it was easy for smokers to walk a few steps and light up outdoors, he said. 'In a small bar like this, people can step outside and smoke.' Bartender Sheela Guoung said she had long been hoping for clean air in her workplace. 'I've had coughing problem for six months. I need fresh air,' she said. The punishment for lighting up in a smoke-free establishment will be a fine of up to HK$5,000.