10/15/2014 08:41 EDT | Updated 12/15/2014 05:59 EST

Stub it out: New report proposes banning cigarettes in London parks and at landmarks

LONDON - A leading cancer specialist is proposing a ban on smoking in London's parks and at landmarks like Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

Ara Darzi, the chair of the London Health Commission, has advised Mayor Boris Johnson to use existing powers for a ban, which would discourage children from smoking. Smoking is already banned in Britain in public places indoors.

London is not the first city to endorse such measures. New York, for example, has declared all of the city's parks and beaches as smoke-free areas.

But the proposal quickly raised anger. Simon Clark, of the pro-smoking group Forest, says a ban would be "outrageous."

He says, "the next thing you know we'll be banned from smoking in our own gardens in case a whiff of smoke travels over the fence."