Canada Warns Actors: Anti-smoking Laws To Be Enforced
The government of the Ontario has let it be known that it will not tolerate Hollywood movie stars flouting the Canadian province's anti-smoking laws. Asked by the Canadian CanWest News Service about last year's incident in which Sean Penn smoked a cigarette at a news conference while promoting his latest film, Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Health Promotion, said, "No one is above the law, and just because you happen to be famous or in the movies doesn't mean you can snub our laws and endanger people in the process," In last year's incident, Penn himself was not punished, but the Sutton Place Hotel, where the news conference was held, was fined $600 for failing to enforce the smoking ban. Watson said Thursday that he has asked the film festival to make visitors aware of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which bars smoking indoors at all public places. Penn is due to return to the festival next week as the director of Into the Wild.