The government’s consultation on smoking in public places will end of Monday, with a total ban now being seen by many as an inevitability. Karen Jones, chief executive of Spirit Group, told The Guardian: "Nobody chooses greater regulation. However, if there is going to be greater regulation- and we believe that there will be – then five years to make the transition, even with a total ban at the end of it, makes a lot more sense, both to industry and government in terms of public health objectives than the piecemeal and unworkable food/non-food proposal set out in the consultation paper." In its submission to the Department of Health, the ALMR called for the maximum possible timescale to adapt to new legislation, naming Spring 2010 as an appropriate implementation date. The organisation also put forward a number of proposals including smoking rooms, no smoking at the bar and no smoking in back-of-house working areas, all designed to limit the impact of smoking on staff. The comments came as a survey commissioned by Cancer Research and ASH found that 40% of pubs would stop serving food to circumvent a ban, rising to 50% in poorer areas. Professor Alex Markham, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, said: "Going smoke free will save lives. It will protect the health of workers, and evidence shows that it will help smokers quit. "But this survey provides strong evidence that a partial smokefree law would widen the health gap between rich and poor. "By introducing comprehensive smokefree legislation the Government would demonstrate that it is truly serious about addressing health inequalities." In a separate report, the TUC urged the government to seize the "historic opportunity" to ban smoking in all workplaces, including pubs and clubs, by next April.