But council officer Julie Rankin has ruled the law - which would apply only to Nottingham - would not be "appropriate".
She said: "A ban on smoking in all streets would be subject to challenge by human rights legislation and may prove difficult to enforce."
There you have it. Banning smoking in the street can't be considered. Not because it is totally unjust, unpleasant and authoritarian, but because that pesky human rights act would stop them enforcing it.