A campaign has been launched to outlaw smoking in all public places in Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
If passed, the new bylaw would mean anyone caught lighting up in the historic market town would face a fine.
Senior politicians on the town’s council have indicated their support for the scheme, which comes after the mayor of New York banned smoking from parks and beaches in the US city last month.
The town’s council will discuss the concept next month before Milton Keynes Council is likely to be asked to use its powers to introduce the ban.
Stony Stratford Councillor Paul Bartlett, who is leading the campaign, said: "When you walk through the high street in any town, smoke is in your face and harming you and any children there.
"Smokers then get their butt, which is full of saliva, and chuck it on the floor. It costs millions to clear street rubbish.”
The ban, which would be the first of its kind in the country, would be enforced by Police Community Support Officers, traffic wardens and members of the public.
Cllr Robert Gifford, chairman of town’s council, described the ban as "appealing".
"A result of the smoking ban is that smokers now go outside and drop their cigarette butts all over the streets," he said.
"In principle the idea of a street smoking ban is appealing, but there may be other solutions to the problem of second hand smoke and litter."
The idea has received mixed reactions, with some smokers in the area complaining that fining people for lighting up outdoors is excessive.
Anne Gregory, 56, a smoker from Stony Stratford, said: "I agree that it's disgusting when cigarette butts get thrown on the floor but it would be nice to see more bins around instead.
"A smoking ban is taking it too far. Saying there is a risk of passive smoking when you're walking down the street is ridiculous.
"Nobody likes a smoker in your face but it's no bother if you're outside."
Amanda Sandford, spokeswoman for Action on Smoking and Health, said the move in Stony Stratford would make it the first place in Britain to impose a total ban on smoking in public.
She said: "Passive smoking is very unpleasant and we are already seeing the health benefits of the indoors ban with a fall in heart and lung disease.
"An unintended consequence of the indoor smoking ban is that more smokers are on the streets dropping litter and this ban would prevent that.
"We have heard of councils banning smoking on play parks and beaches but this would be the first blanket ban on smoking in Britain."
The Telegraph 29th June 2011
Stony Stratford set to ban smoking in all public places