NEARLY 44 percent of people in the Balearics taking part in a survey yesterday approved of Central Government imposing a total ban on smoking in public places.

However, according to the Gadeso Foundation - the market research company conducting the interviews - just under 23 percent said that the ban was “an excessive measure which would damage the food and drink, and leisure industries.”

For a separate 24 percent, the ban didn't go far enough. “It's insufficient because there should be a total ban on tobacco, not just in public places,” this group said.

Finally, one in ten people taking part in the interview said that the law as it stands should be less strict.