No Smoking During Play Rehearsals: UKís Health Ministry Drops the Curtains

by Ann Samuel on  March 5, 2007 at 11:13 AM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

No Smoking During Play Rehearsals: UKís Health Ministry Drops the Curtains
Actors have come out in protest of a new smoking ban to hit the nation-and one that's aimed at them directly.

From July first onwards, actors will be allowed to light up only during the final performance and not during any rehearsals.

This, believes Equity, the Actors union, is unfair. Says spokes man Martin McGrath: 'We believe that in terms of artistic integrity, performers should be able to rehearse properly with any prop, including a cigarette.' He adds that smoking for real is required to get the timings right.

Their concerns are shared by Conservative peer Earl Howe, 'It is almost impossible to expect an actor to smoke on stage unless they have been able to rehearse', he says.

Yet the health ministry seems unfazed by the numerous representations it admits to have received from the theatre industry. According to health spokesman Baroness Royall, artists can very well use artificial cigarettes if they want to rehearse smoking, or else they should practice smoking off-stage.

'We believe it is necessary for people to be allowed to smoke only during the performance for artistic effect. 'We have considered it carefully, and that is the view', she concludes.

Source: Medindia
ANN

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Health Hazards of Smoking Smoking And Cancer Smoking And Tobacco Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts Smoking Cigarette Smoking - A Silent Killer Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Leriche Syndrome Antioxidants to Help You When You Quit Smoking 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive