Opposition MLA, Mr McCarthy, said: “Welcome the fact that the Minister has recognised that allowing smoking on stage in theatres would be ridiculous.
“I am pleased that he gave a commitment to remove the clause which would allow actors to smoke onstage, following my speech in the Assembly.
“I am also glad that Minister is listening to the concerns addressed in the Assembly and that he intends to act on them. To enforce the smoking ban effectively and deliver its full health benefits to everyone, we must stick to it. It would be total a kick in the teeth for ban campaigners to let this exemption come into effect.”