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Toronto warns Dave Chappelle about onstage smoking

Aug. 23, 2012 at 7:18 AM ET

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Dave Chappelle.

Dave Chappelle is lighting up the Toronto stage, in more ways than one.

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The reclusive comedian has just wrapped a three-show gig at Toronto's Winter Garden Theater -- part of a characteristically hard-to-nail-down "pop up" tour -- during which he smoked numerous cigarettes throughout the 75-minute set. And that act has earned a warning from the city.

Chappelle paid an unscheduled visit to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday, a "brief" meeting captured and broadcast to Twitter users by an aide.

But later in the day, the Winter Garden received a call from Toronto Public Health, the Toronto Star reports. The call was to remind them of the provincial Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which states "that all performers must be in compliance with the (no tobacco use) legislation,” according to city spokesperson Kris Scheuer. “There are no exemptions.”

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It's unlikely Ford tipped them off, however. The controversial mayor, despite fighting a public battle with his weight, remains staunchly committed to unhealthy vices like red meat and alcohol.

His latest public dustup arose after a commuter snapped a picture of Ford reading a document while driving his Escalade and posted it to Twitter. Asked about the photo at a press conference later that day, Ford replied, "Yeah, probably. I'm busy."

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