More than 90 per cent of people responding to a survey admitted they had smoked in non-smoking areas. Of 1,054 people aged 16 to 69, 24 per cent said they smoked 'always/most of the time' in areas where smoking was prohibited, and another 69 per cent admitted they sometimes smoked in non-smoking areas. Just 5 per cent of respondents to the survey, by the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, said they had never lit up in places where smoking was banned. Committee chairman Daniel Heung Cheuk-kei said people would put up 'minimum resistance' to an expansion of the smoking ban beyond cinemas, shopping centres, banks and sections of restaurants with more than 200 seats. A draft laws to ban smoking in pubs, restaurants, karaoke bars and all indoor public areas is being considered by the Legislative Council and could be in force by next year. Annelise Connell, vice-chairwoman of Clear The Air, said the high numbers of smokers ignoring no-smoking signs was related to how the rules were now enforced. 'In some overseas jurisdictions, the average person is allowed to call the government anonymously if they see someone smoking. What is true all over the world where smoking bans have been introduced is that society becomes self-policing. Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, who chairs Legco's health panel, agreed that enforcement was the key to bringing renegade smokers under control. He called for stiff sentences for offenders. 'I think this would pass a very strong message to those who smoke in no-smoking areas, ' he said.