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Should smoking be banned at parliament?

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/05/2016


Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has suggested banning smoking at parliament. But not everyone's keen on the idea.

* "If she was sincere about it, she would ban smoking now" - NZ First leader Winston Peters

* "I think that definitely we should be leading the way by example and not smoking in front of our children, especially out on the forecourt where we bring people in" - Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox

* "Parliament should not be leading increasing punishment of New Zealanders who are addicted to a product that is freely available, we should be controlling the product and the companies who are touting it" - Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei

* "I think the wider issue is how our whole society deals with a product that is harmful, but nonetheless it's a choice that some people wish to make and we need to stop punishing them" - ACT Party leader David Seymour

* "I think it's quite a good idea actually, parliament's a place where we show direction and leadership for the country and if the environment here was to go completely smoke free ... I think that would be quite a good sign" - Prime Minister John Key

* "It wouldn't bother me, I suppose it's the way we're going ... The thing is though, people who do smoke are stupid, but they're not pariahs" - National MP Chester Borrows.

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