21 Feb 2012

NSW outlaws smoking in public places

9:33 pm on 21 February 2012

The New South Wales Government is ban smoking in most of the state's public places, from parks to bus stops.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says legislation will be introduced in coming months to prohibit smoking in sports grounds, swimming pools, entrances to buildings and public transport stops.

"A series of places where children and families congregate more frequently," Ms Skinner says.

Smoking will also be banned in commercial outdoor dining areas but not until 2015, the ABC reports.

Ms Skinner says the delay on that aspect of the ban honours a Coalition election commitment to the clubs industry.