It has been announced that smoking in public places will be banned in England from 1 July next year.
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said the ban was a "huge step forward".
Chief executive of the British Lung Foundation Dame Helena Shovelton, said: "This is a victory for all those of us who have campaigned so vigorously to improve public health."
Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group Forest, said that decision had been "draconian. "From July next year it will not only be illegal to smoke in every pub, club and bar in the country, it will also be impossible to set up a private club run by smokers for smokers," he said. "That's an amazing state of affairs but typical of a government that seems determined to interfere in every aspect of our daily lives."
Patricia Hewitt is to launch a £50m Smoke-free England campaign, to advise England's 3.7m businesses to prepare for the ban.
Q. Should the government be allowed to spend £50m of our money on a campaign we already know about?
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