ANTI-SMOKING campaigners have expressed their delight after the National Assembly for Wales voted overwhelmingly in favour of new powers to end smoking in all workplaces and enclosed public places in Wales.
The call goes further than the Government's proposed legislation, announced in the Queen's Speech, which would exempt private membership clubs and pubs that do not serve prepared food.
Naomi King, director of ASH Wales, said: 'This is a great result, and could mean the most important advance in public health in Wales for many decades.
'Non-smokers could be protected from the damage caused by other people's smoke. And thousands of smokers could be encouraged to quit their lethal addiction.'
She added: 'Now Peter Hain must stop wavering on the issue and give a clear and unequivocal pledge that the National Assembly will get the powers it is seeking.
'So far the Welsh Office has failed to take a clear stance on the issue. The time for evasion is now over.'