PRO-SMOKING group Forest has just released findings from its latest survey into the public's attitude to lighting up in pubs, clubs and bars.
And the group admits that many people would favour a ban.
The research, carried out in May, asked people their views about a ban on smoking in public places.
While 6% of respondents said smoking should be allowed, 24% called for a total ban.
A further 49% of people want pubs, clubs and bars to be mainly non-smoking with separate areas for smoking.
The figures will please Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who has called for a ban on smoking to protect bar and club staff from the passive side effects.
At the beginning of the month, he accused his own Government of leaning on the Health and Safety Executive to make them ignore calls to protect workers from others' cigarette smoke. He told the Government to grasp the nettle and protect workers.
In the Forest survey, entitled Smoking in Public Places, 63 per cent of respondents said the decision about smoking policy should be left to the owners of the premises.
Twenty-one per cent believed councils should have the power to ban smoking while 14 per cent thought the decision should be left to central Government.