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Poll backs ban in public places.

A POLL for BBC Breakfast says nearly two-thirds of the public want a smoking ban in enclosed public places.

The ICM poll showed 65% of people questioned supported a ban in enclosed public spaces such as pubs and restaurants with 34% against.

Among smokers themselves nearly half supported a ban -- with 42% in favour. Among non-smokers, the figure was 76%.

The poll also found 70% of people are worried about the risk to their health from breathing other people's smoke.

But only 52% of people are in favour of increasing duty on cigarettes to discourage smoking.

ICM Research interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1, 002 adults aged18and over by phone from July 2-3.

SMOKERS are urged to call the NHS Smoking Helpline free on 0800 169 0 169 to help them give up, visit www. giving up smoking. co. uk, text `GIVE UP'and their full post code to 88088 or visit their local GP.
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Date:Jul 5, 2004
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