MPs divided on Parliament smoking ban

MPs divided on Parliament smoking ban

The Prime Minister is calling for smoking to be symbolically banned from Parliament's grounds but faces opposition from the precinct's highest-profile smoker -- Winston Peters.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox is campaigning for Parliament to ban smoking from its grounds, or at least from the front of Parliament.

But MPs are divided -- Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says it shouldn't be banned because that is punishing smokers rather than the tobacco companies.

Yet Green MP Julie Ann Genter says it should be banned.

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English thought smoking was already banned and so did Gerry Brownlee.

ACT leader David Seymour said smoking should be allowed