Ireland manages to get it done with the minimum of fuss, even Italy, Italy!, bans smoking, but England hums and hahs and then proposes a ban so weak it's barely worth the bother. Absolutely useless.
The Guardian say that "Tony Blair made it clear that he did not want a total ban on smoking". Blair should step down now before he further damages the reputation of the country.
Of course all that money from the high tax on fags did nothing to effect this decision.