Bill would OK smoking by theater actors
By MARC KOVAC
Thursday, March 8, 2007
COLUMBUS — Legislation before a state Senate committee Wednesday would allow actors to smoke during stage performances where puffing is integral to the story line.
Sen. Robert Schuler, a Republican from the Cincinnati area, offered sponsor testimony before the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee for his Senate Bill 38, which would exempt such activities from a statewide indoor smoking ban.
Schuler said the issue was brought to his attention by the director of a Cincinnati playhouse, who said theaters are legally bound, under licensing agreements, to perform plays as written. When scenes require actors to smoke, they must do so or face losing their rights to perform certain plays.