VICTORIAN parliament passed legislation to ban smoking in children's playgrounds and at sporting events.
The legislation was passed this morning and will prohibit smoking at thousands of venues and locations where children congregate across the state.
Smoking will be banned within a 10-metre-radius of public swimming pools, children's playground equipment, sporting venues during underage events, and skate parks.
Business manager of Sports Focus Stuart Craig said he was pleased with the state government's decision.
"Smoking is an addiction and our children need to be protected from that negative influence," Mr Craig said.
"Public pools and children’s playgrounds, including skate parks, are provided for the enjoyment of all and the introduction of this ban will enhance the experience for those who wish to take advantage of these facilities."
Minister for Health David Davis said the laws will protect those most vulnerable to the effects of second-hand cigarette smoke.
“Smoking is a huge drain on the community. Approximately 4,000 lives are lost each year in Victoria as a result of smoking and it costs $2.4 billion in direct health costs and lost productivity every year."
The legislation will come into effect from April 1 next year.