Representatives from the trade's Charter Group are to meet with Department of Health officials to discuss progress in regulating smoking in pubs.
The Charter Group has been urging licensees and pub operators to sign up to the voluntary charter on smoking or face tough new regulation or even a complete ban by the Government.
The charter recommends the use of signage, with ventilation and no-smoking areas where possible. The group presented the results of an industry survey to ministers last year and is now planning a meeting with health minister Yvette Cooper to discuss the issue.
The results showed that as many as two-thirds of the UK's pubs would be charter compliant by the end of 2002, well above the target of 50 per cent compliance agreed with the health department in 1998.
Nick Bish, spokesman for the group, also welcomed the results of a new survey in Liverpool which showed widespread support for the charter from both licensees and their customers.
The research, carried out by a team from Liverpool John Moores University, found 40 per cent of pubs already had a smoking policy in place, 38 per cent of licensees said the policy was popular with customers and 72 per cent said they would recommend it to other similar establishments.