Doctors Condemn Any Attempt to Dilute Smoking Ban

by Medindia Content Team on  June 8, 2007 at 10:05 AM General Health News
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Doctors Condemn Any Attempt to Dilute Smoking Ban
The BMA in Northern has written to all NI MLAs, urging them to vote against a proposed amendment to permit smoking when the artistic integrity of a performance calls for it.

The Northern Ireland Assembly this week tabled the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill which contains an amendment to recent smoking legislation. This amendment would permit actors to smoke where the artistic integrity of the performance makes it appropriate for them to do so.

BMA(NI) Chairman, Dr Brian Patterson, says: 'We are very concerned that the smoking ban legislation will be diluted if this amendment is adopted during the reading of this Bill.

'The BMA in its response to the consultation on the Draft Smoke-Free Regulations earlier this year strongly objected to this proposed amendment on the grounds that artistic integrity of a performance is not a valid argument to allow smoking when the whole basis of the smoking legislation is to protect the public and all workers from the dangers of passive smoking.

'We are urging politicians to throw out this amendment at the very early stages of the Bill's progress through the Assembly.'

Source: BMA - Northern Ireland
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Screw the BMA's request! Why do overzealous anti-smoking organizations, and health groups, think they have the darn right to dictate and declare what every theatrical group does in their plays? The Northern Ireland Assembly should definitely pass the amendment to allow for smoking in theatrical performances, without question! I mean, what's wrong with ONLY requiring theatrical companies to announce beforehand if smoking is allowed in a play? And hey, anyone who may be offended by that doesn't have to stick around for the whole play, anyway!

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