The overwhelming majority of UK employees back the workplace smoking ban that is due to come into force next month, a new survey shows.
Employment law consultancy Peninsula found that 91 per cent of workers are in favour of the legislation, which prohibits smoking in all enclosed public spaces, including places of work, from July 1st 2007.
It also shows that to coincide with the introduction of the ban some 79 per cent of workers who currently smoke are attempting to give up.
Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula, said: "It is good to see that such a high percentage of workers are attempting to give up smoking.
"This first and foremost will have immediate benefits not only for their health but also for the health of fellow members of staff who will no longer be exposed to second hand smoke."
He said the smoking ban will be of huge benefit to employers who are likely to see improved levels of attendance as a result of having a healthier workforce.
A survey conducted by the British Thoracic Society in May concluded that far from having a negative impact the smoking ban will provide a welcome boost for business.