Mark Dolan, a host on Britain’s GB News, defiantly lit a cigarette on-air over the weekend to protest a smoking ban that he claims is coming from the progressive-leaning Labour Party.
As Twitter users pointed out, the potential ban he seems to be referring to is from former Tory chancellor George Osborne, who is a Conservative and not a member of the Labour Party. His bold stance drew derision Twitter, with one person tweeting, “Mark Dolan dying of lung cancer to own the libs is … honestly fine by me.”
Dolan is a former comedian who hosted “Balls of Steel” from 2005 until 2008 on Britain’s Channel 4. “Doctor Who” writer John Dorney wrote, “Embarrassed to have shared a stage with him once.”
'I pledge to take up this filthy habit. Just to annoy them. Arrest me! In fact, why don't I give it a go right now. Mark my words, under a Labour government, our freedoms will go up in smoke.'
Mark Dolan lights a cigarette live on air as he slams Labour's plans to ban smoking. pic.twitter.com/VXcmhGuqby
— GB News (@GBNEWS) May 14, 2023
Dolan quipped, “Arrest me, why don’t you?” over worries that the U.K. is going to adopt the same anti-smoking policies recently adopted in New Zealand, which would permanently bar anyone under age 15 from purchasing cigarettes.
“I’m one of those people, that if you tell me I can’t do something, that’s exactly the thing I’m going to do,” he said in the broadcast. “I pledge to take up this filthy habit, just to annoy them,” he said.
In lighting up on-air, Dolan violated U.K.’s 2007 ban, which prohibited smoking in workplaces, including TV newsrooms and he could face a fine of up to £200 ($250). There is, however, a carveout for actors, who are allowed to smoke in TV and movies.
Mark Dolan dying of lung cancer to own the libs is… honestly fine by me
— Aunt McGeddon (@turpywurpy) May 14, 2023
Mark Dolan has decided that the hill he wants to die on is a potential Labour smoking ban.
I mean literally ‘to die on’. He’s pledged to take up smoking in protest.
Embarrassed to have shared a stage with him once.
— John Dorney
(@MrJohnDorney) May 15, 2023