Of the 2,000 surveyed, 57% said they believed anti-smoking laws have gone far enough and should even be amended.
Simon Clark, director of Forest, a campaign against tobacco regulations said: “We’re constantly told this is a dead issue but this survey highlights a demand for smoking in pubs. It’s clear there is substantial support for designated smoking rooms in pubs and clubs.
“No landlord or proprietor should be forced to accommodate people who want to smoke but they should have a choice. It’s time the government reviewed the impact of the smoking ban on pubs and local communities and considered an amendment to the existing legislation.”
A call for well-ventilated smoking rooms was one of Nigel Farage’s stand-out election promises in the UK Independence Party’s manifesto. The party named the smoking ban as one of the driving factors behind 6,000 pub closures.
A report carried out by Action on Smoking due to be released tomorrow is expected to call for further regulation in the form of banning tobacco displays and introducing standardised packaging.
Around 10 million adults in the UK are smokers, with those aged 25-34 most likely to light up.