Smoking is to be banned in workplaces and enclosed public spaces in Northern Ireland from April 2007 under plans announced yesterday. The move puts further pressure on Wales and England to follow suit. Shaun Woodward, Northern Ireland’s health minister, said: "I do not want to stop those who want to go on smoking from doing so. That's your choice. You have every right to lead your life as you choose. "But no-one has a right to subject colleagues and workmates to the dangers and hazards of second-hand smoke and passive smoking. "No-one has a right to subject members of the public who do not smoke to those same dangers in enclosed public spaces. A public consultation in Northern Ireland conducted over the summer found that 91% of those questioned were in favour of a total ban. The Federation of the Retail Licensed Trade, Northern Ireland, had hoped for a compromise, possibly allowing the use of designated smoking rooms.