A blanket ban on smoking in all pubs, clubs and restaurants will form the centrepiece of new government health proposals. Prime Minister Tony Blair is understood to have made the legislation one of the key goals during his third term in office. The licensed trade is now reconciled to the fact that Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt will introduce an outright ban on smoking in public places. Pubs serving food will have a total ban imposed by the end of 2007, including in their gardens. The responsibility for enforcing the law will fall on landlords, and be policed by local authority health and safety officers. Failure to comply will result in a fine. Hewitt thinks differently to her predecessor John Reid, who feared that a total ban might alienate Labour supporters. Under his plan, up to 16,500 of the 55,000 pubs in England and Wales might have been exempt. Hewitt, though, sees the evidence for a total ban as "unimpeachable". A source said she wanted to see the impetus for tighter controls coming from the pub trade. She would still consider a compromise which would protect bar staff from passive smoking. But, the source added, the trade had not come up with one. Evidence from Ireland shows that a smoking ban only caused pub takings to drop by 3%. The Observer 19/06/05 page 1 The Sunday Times 19/06/05 page 1 The Sunday Telegraph 19/06/05 page 2