The law moved a step closer yesterday when regulations allowing it to be introduced were passed by the States, making way for the detail of the ban to be decided in September.
Health Minister Stuart Syvret said that the Island was at the vanguard of a worldwide trend in doing what it could to address the problem of smoking.
‘Smoking is public enemy No 1,’ he said.
‘If there is one thing we can do to improve public health, it is to do all we can to discourage smoking.
The vast majority of people who smoke want to give up.
People who want to give up support this ban and want it to come into effect.’ In 2005 the States agreed to the idea of introducing a complete ban on smoking in all enclosed public workplaces.