PUBS in Huddersfield could be smoke-free by the end of the year.
That was the pledge today from the town's MP Barry Sheerman.
The campaigner wants to see the town's pubs, clubs and restaurants become smoke-free, possibly by the end of 2005.
His comments came as Ireland celebrated the success of its first smoke-free year after introducing a ban on smoking in the workplace last year.
Mr Sheerman, who has long campaigned for tighter smoking legislation, hoped Huddersfield would follow in Ireland's footsteps.
He said: "We have seen it working smoothly in New York, Norway and now Ireland.
"I don't believe in bans, but I do believe in protecting workers' health.
"I don't see how in 2005 we can evade that responsibility.
"People have the right to work in a healthy environment and should be protected."
He predicted a House of Commons vote on the issue before the end of the year which would make it illegal for smokers to light up in workplaces including pubs, clubs and restaurants.
He said: "I am determined to see a vote this year that delivers a smoke-free law.
"I also want to see more resources to help people stop smoking because it is the thing that is filling our hospitals.
"The health service will be completely undermined if people continue to smoke."
Already smoke-free legislation implemented in Ireland has been hailed a health success.
Recent figures by Euromonitor International have shown a 8.7% decrease in cigarette sales while bar sales fell by only 3.5%.
Compliance with the new law has also been successful with 99% of smokers in restaurants, 94% in hotels and 91% in licensed premises sticking to the rules.
Mr Sheerman said he was not surprised at the uptake.
He said: "If you have 75% of people who don't smoke and 25 % who do you have 75% who don't want to go somewhere where they get smoke drifting up their noses.
"But if you can guarantee they are not going to get that you have 75% of people who want to go out more."
An Examiner survey last month revealed that non-smokers inhaled the equivalent of several cigarettes a night in busy pubs and clubs.