EU citizens signal massive support for smoking bans

In collaboration with the Press Association

Four fifths of EU citizens polled in the run-up to World No Tobacco Day told researchers that they support a complete ban on smoking in public.

The poll of 29,000 people was carried out across the 25 member countries, plus Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey.

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of cancer, estimated to be responsible for a fifth of the seven million global cancer deaths last year.

Support was at its strongest in states such as Italy, Scotland and Ireland that have already banned smoking in public places.

"I urge all member states to take stronger actions against tobacco - this survey shows that in doing so they have the backing of the public," said EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.

"More and more of us don't smoke and don't want to be anywhere near smokers either."

The number of people reporting that they smoke has also fallen from 33 per cent to 27 per cent since 2002.

 For more information on tobacco and cancer, see Cancer Research UK's Healthy Living page