Canadian politician wants to torpedo Charlie Sheen's smoking

Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:14pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen, whose well-publicized list of bad habits includes smoking, is being offered a hand in kicking the tobacco habit by an Ontario cabinet minister, media reports said on Thursday.

Ontario Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best said she was personally willing to give Sheen a hand in quitting smoking while he's in Toronto on Thursday for his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option" show.

She also pointed out that health inspectors would be in the city's Massey Hall venue to make sure Sheen doesn't violate a provincial law prohibiting smoking in enclosed public spaces, the Canadian Press reported.

"I would encourage him, given that he is a smoker, to call our hotline and to try and quit smoking for his own health," the news service quoted the minister saying.

"You know, he can give me a call. I'll certainly direct him how to get the help that he needs," Best said.

Sheen, whose assertion that he is always "winning, duh" has become a pop catchphrase, created the stage act -- a disorganized group of sketches, monologues and videos -- to prove to detractors that after months of drug and alcohol rehab, an assault on his ex-wife and probation, he was still in shape to work.

The show has mostly received poor reviews so far in appearances in Detroit, Chicago, New York and elsewhere.

Sheen, formerly the highest-paid actor on U.S. television, was booted off the highly successful CBS show "Two and a Half Men", in March after he publicly insulted both the studio, Warner Bros Television, and series co-creator Chuck Lorre.

The makers of the series denied on Thursday they were in talks to rehire the actor.

(Reporting by Scott Haggett, additional reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Rob Wilson)