Plans to raise the age limit for buying cigarettes to 18 have been welcomed by a Midland MP.
Ministers are to add the measure to laws banning smoking in pubs and clubs, which come before the Commons on February 14.
MP Richard Taylor (Ind Wyre Forest) said: "I wholeheartedly support it. The saddest things is when you see people in their early teens smoking."
The Government launched a consultation on raising the age limit in December.
A clause to be added to the Health Bill will give Ministers the power to ban shops from selling tobacco to anyone under 18, but a Department of Health spokeswoman said they would wait for the results of the consultation before using those powers.
Backbenchers are continuing to campaign to ensure the Bill imposes a complete ban on smoking in all pubs and clubs.
Labour MPs won a significant victory when they persuaded the Government to allow a free vote on the Bill, following a campaign led by Birmingham MP Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak).
The Government wanted to introduce a ban only in pubs which served food, but was forced to agree that MPs could vote for a total ban if they wished.
However, the DoH has now announced that MPs will be offered a third option - a ban on smoking in pubs, but not in private members clubs.
This would allow venues such as British Legion clubs, working men's clubs, golf clubs and cricket clubs to make their own rules.
Dr Jones said she would continue to push for a total ban without compromises.
She said: "These are still public places and it would not be right to exclude them from the ban."
Health Minister Caroline Flint said: "The Health Bill is a huge step forward for public health and will save thousands of lives by preventing smoking related diseases.
"It is important that MPs have a clear choice to convey their views around this controversial issue.
"By drafting the new clause and amendment in this way, we will be offering a genuine choice to MPs, at the same time as ensuring the legislation is workable."
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is expected to vote for a total ban in licensed premises - against her department's official policy.
In a recent report, the Commons Health Select Committee said a total ban was the "only effective means" of protecting public health and that a partial ban would "widen health inequalities" and "be disputed in the courts".
But some Cabinet members, including former Health Secretary John Reid, had opposed a complete ban.
Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "This part of the bill has been an utter shambles.
"Patricia Hewitt will be voting for the case she argued against only two months ago."
Liberal Democrat health spokesman Steve Webb said: "Patricia Hewitt is tabling a clause that she doesn't actually agree with and wants the Commons to amend it.
"The whole thing is a complete farce.
"The Health Secretary should have had the courage of her convictions from the start and gone for a clear and total ban."