A borough in London is hoping to introduce a by-law to ban spitting in the street, with on-the-spot fines for offenders.
Enfield Council, north London, has written to Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke for clearance to introduce the rules.
Councillors in Brent are also trying similar by law saying : "Spitting in public is not only disgusting and anti-social it is a health hazard too".
"It would be great if a new by-law is introduced which would improve the quality of life of Brent residents and the borough's health along with others who are in similar predicament."
By the spitting was an offence carrying a £5 fine until 1990.