PEOPLE who smoke in their own homes will be told by visiting council workers: Please stub it out.
Pro-smoking campaigners today branded the move by Kirklees Council as "extremely arrogant".
Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group Forest, said: "It shows the extent to which anti-smoking hysteria is sweeping town halls."
Council leaders admitted they had no control over people smoking in their homes.
But in new policy advice to staff who have to make home visits, they say: "If the resident is smoking when you arrive, you may wish to ask them politely to put it out."
Mr Clark said: "It's rather impertinent to go round and dictate to people what they should do in their own homes. It's sad that there are council officials with nothing better to do than come up with things like this."
New policies being introduced by Kirklees Council include smoking rooms for town hall employees being scrapped.
From October staff cannot leave their workplace to smoke unless it is in their own time, such as a lunch break.
Staff won't even be allowed to gather round entrances to light up.
Smoking will be banned in council vans - even if the driver is on their own.
Council chiefs said they wanted all employees - and councillors - to pledge themselves to a healthier lifestyle.
Help is promised to those who want to quit smoking.
But Mr Clark said: "The anti-smoking lobby is never satisfied and it would be a small step from this to refusing to employ anyone who smokes.
"If I was applying for a council job now and was asked if I smoked, I would just say no."
The new policy was defended by Clr Dennis Hullock, Cabinet member for health.
He said: "The health effects of smoking and passive smoking are well documented and there are health and safety implications.
"All employees have the right to a smoke-free environment.
" The council and its partners are expected to lead by example."
From May, employees will be allowed paid time off work to attend three NHS-run smoking cessation sessions.