On the eve of the first anniversary of the introduction of the smoking ban in public places, the Office of Tobacco Control has released findings of a poll showing overwhelming approval.

98% of those polled said they thought workplaces were healthier and that support came from smokers as well as non-smokers.

The poll, conducted by independent research company, TNS MRBI, also showed that 96% thought the law was successful, including 89% who are smokers.