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This month, you may have heard that the Welsh Assembly Government may weaken Wales’s smoke-free public places legislation
. A proposed exemption for the film and tv industry would allow actors to smoke real cigarettes whilst filming scenes where it is considered necessary for the “artistic integrity” of the piece.
This undermines the whole smoke free public places law in Wales, which was passed to protect the health of all workers. There are implications for public health across the UK
- if we make an exemption for one industry or country, why shouldn’t others demand the same?
Actors don’t need to smoke on set. Computer generated images, props and visual effects have already been used in Welsh studios, to great effect. Here in Scotland
“River City” has a policy of never showing smoking – and viewers don’t seem to have noticed.
Second hand smoke is more than a nuisance, it is a genuine health risk.
Please show your support for smoke-free public places using the online petition
set up by our colleagues in ASH Wales.
You can see more info on how Scotland’s smoke-free public places law has helped improve health here.