Thursday, April 27, 2006

Actors might escape smoking ban

Actors may be exempted from the smoking ban if lighting up on stage or in front of the cameras is a key part of their performance, health officials say.
Characters like Absolutely Fabulous's chain-smoking Patsy would not be able to smoke on set or on stage if next summer's ban in England goes ahead.

Theatres also argued they would not be able to portray historic figures like the cigar-smoking Winston Churchill.

Exemptions are now being considered where smoking is integral to the plot.
More from BBC News.

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