I REFER to the article No smoking? You cannot be serious' about the problems of staging a play in which a character smokes (Echo, March 16).

Weymouth Drama Club director Pete Hutton may be interested to know that the legislation on smoking in enclosed public places does indeed include an exemption for performers.

The legislation states "Where the artistic integrity of a performance makes it appropriate for a person who is taking part in that performance to smoke, the regulations allow for parts of premises in which a person performs to be not smokefree in relation to that person only during the time of the performance."

A full version of the legislation can be found online at smokefreeengland.co.uk.

Keith Williams, Publicity and Marketing Co-ordinator SmokeStop, Forston Clinic, Charminster, nr Dorchester,