Artist David Hockney has hit out at the smoking ban, calling it an "infringement of democracy".
The artist said the needs of all people should be catered for
The 69-year-old, who is originally from Bradford, said the needs of both smokers and non-smokers should be catered for in a democratic country.
The ban on smoking in enclosed public places will come into force in England on 1 July.
But the ban will allow people to live in a healthier environment free from second-hand smoke, the government says.
But Mr Hockney, who is a smoker, has previously described the ban as a "serious subject about tolerance and liberty".
He said: "Obviously some people don't like smoking but there are other people who do.
"Shouldn't they both be catered for in a democratic country?
"There are lots of places . . . where you can't smoke and there are some where you can.
Harm of smoke
"What the smoker does is go to those places, and the non-smoker goes to the other.
"But the non-smoker is now demanding that every place must be suitable for them."
But public health Minister Caroline Flint said the ban was the most important health protection measure in a generation.
She said: "The new law will protect everyone from the harm of secondhand smoke at work and in public places, and will save lives."