THE Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has welcomed a pub chain's decision to ban smoking in all its bars.
JD Wetherspoon will have enforced the rule in its 650 pubs by May 2006. The firm will launch the ban at outlets in seven cities from May.
The foundation's chief executive Mike Unger said: "We would encourage the entire hospitality industry to follow their lead.
"JD Wetherspoon is acting as a responsible employer, protecting workers from the effects of passive smoking while also responding to the wishes of the majority of their customers."
The pub chain has two outlets in Huddersfield.
Mr Unger added: "There is a growing demand for smoke-free places in which to stay, eat, drink and enjoy leisure time.
"More than seven in 10 are non-smokers and we know that many people avoid a place where smoking is allowed. "
Mr Unger said many pubs and clubs were now looking to fall in line with the Government's White Paper on public health.
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation endorses businesses which operate a no smoking policy with a National Clean Air Award.
The foundation is named after the Scholes-born entertainer who died aged 62 from cancer caused by passive smoking.
A lifelong non-smoker, he had often played the trumpet in smoky jazz clubs.