Most "informed" people now want a blanket ban on smoking in pubs, according to anti-smoking charity Ash. A new poll carried out for them showed 41% of people wanted pubs to be smoke-free, while 39% wanted restrictions. Director Deborah Arnott said support had doubled over the last two years. But a separate poll by the Office for National Statistics found only 20% wanted a ban everywhere. And Simon Clark, director of Freedom for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (Forest), said their polls showed 70% were against a complete ban. The Observer 18/09/05 page 7