Graham Jukes, CIEH chief executive, said:
'The government is currently consulting on a new public health white paper and only last week the prime minister indicated that he was considering a ban on smoking in all public places.
'For the CIEH, the argument is not about anyone's right to damage their own health, but to have smoke free work and public places. We believe that everyone has the right to a safe work environment and to have their health protected in public places.
'The CIEH will continue to lobby for a national ban on smoking in all work and public places as an essential public health measure.'