Toronto festival cracks down on lighting up


The Toronto International Film Festival is cracking down on smoking this year as it looks to avoid a repeat of last year, when Sean Penn flouted Ontario's anti-smoking laws by puffing on a cigarette at a festival news conference (HR 9/4).

Toronto public health unit officials ultimately fined the Sutton Place Hotel, which hosts festival news conferences, for failing to post proper signage warning that smoking is forbidden.

Responding to a warning letter sent by Ontario's Ministry of Health Promotion ahead of this year's festival, festival organizers said that they will abide by the province's no-smoking rules, which aim to fend off the ill-effects of secondhand smoke.