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Cancer Society Burns Jordan Over Cigar Shots

9/2/2008 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Millions of kids still wanna be like Mike -- and according to the American Cancer Society, that's a bad thing.

The ACS is fuming over several photos TMZ posted earlier of MJ playing softball with a fat stogie hangin' out of his mouth. Now, the ACS has unleashed a mouthpiece of their own, their former president Cary Presant MD, who told us, "When high profile athletes publicly display unhealthful habits they can mislead young people to emulate their behavior. According to the American Cancer Society tobacco use in this country is responsible for 1/3 of all cancers and remains the most preventable cause of death in our society. 8.6 million Americans suffer from chronic smoking-related disease. Since 1964 smoking has cause more than 12 million premature deaths in the U.S."

Calls to Jordan's reps were not returned.

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61.

nettie    

michael jordan IS NOT a role model......he's an athlete.I wish people would be a role model for their own children and stop depending on others to set standards. GOSH!!! If the man wants to smoke....let him smoke. GET OVER IT

2210 days ago
62.

DMX hater    

er ah..just the facts, just a note that ASININE is really spelled INSANE

2210 days ago
63.

Lala    

Did anybody ever give Tony Soprano crap for smoking a cigar??? I don't smoke - and people that do repulse me, I think it stinks, but if you wannna smoke a stogie, go for it. Its a free country.

2210 days ago
64.

JOKER    

Oh TMZ... once again attempting to make news out of nothing. It's sad they took obviously general comments from a medical professional and turned into a celeb bash fest at the ACS's expense. TMZ is SAD!

2210 days ago
65.

phil    

It's this kind of stuff that really ruins america and takes our freedoms away. I'm glad to see just about everyone agreeing that it's none of their business, but I still worry about the political correctness and cry baby antics of the future. Bring back the 80s

2210 days ago
66.

Diagnosis    

TMZ, take a look at the remark #55. Are you going to let stormfront trailer trash post here? Who is minding the store here to keep the likes of trailer trash juniors like #55 off this site?

2210 days ago
67.

bvak    

He has been paid to play basketball for us - which he did remarkably well from what I understand (don't know basketball).... HE WAS NOT HIRED TO BY YA'LL KID'S SUPER FRIGGIN HERO.... Geez... get a life and stop holding these people up on such a pedestal - any celebrity.... they were hired to be entertainment (actors getting paid to make movies, singers being paid to sing songs... you get the picture...).... we did NOT put them on payroll to be super heros to our kids when WE are the ones that should be their SUPERHEROS.... GET THE PICTURE???

2210 days ago
68.

Josiah    

1/3 of all cancers?

If you get colon cancer from a cigar, remind me to stay away from your humidor.

2210 days ago
69.

Snowman    

The greatest 'Role Model' I had was Grampa, it was rare he did NOT have a stogie sticking out! PLEASE.. STOP BEING OFFENDED!!

2210 days ago
70.

Cristina    

Seriously! Parents take some responsibility for their kids' actions! Quit putting all the pressure on celebrities.

2209 days ago
71.

angel46    

Please, people, you can't CONTROL the world. Maybe, EVERYONE needs a cigar sometime!

2209 days ago
72.

don't believe the hype    

Michael Jordan And His Cigar
Posted on 9/3/2008 12:50 PM by Dr. Len Lichtenfeld
Sometimes you just can’t get it right for trying.



I must admit that I am not a big “media fan” or stargazer, and I know nothing about an online website called TMZ. What I have learned is that TMZ’s claim to fame is showing movie stars behaving badly.



Why am I even writing about this?



Because earlier this week, our division office in California was contacted by TMZ for a news comment. The topic was a photo of Michael Jordan smoking a cigar at a softball game. Nothing really unusual about that part of the story.



One of our respected volunteers responded, and was straight and to the point: celebrities set examples that other people—especially young people—follow. Cigar smoking is one example of an unhealthy behavior. Smoking is harmful for your health and causes one out of three cancer deaths.



That’s it. End of statement.



The next thing you know, the headline on the website proclaims that the American Cancer Society is “burning” over Mr. Jordan’s “cigar shots.”



Well, sorry to say, but we are not. It is not even a lingering topic of discussion in our offices.



No one is surprised to hear that the Society doesn’t consider smoking to be a healthy behavior. If Mr. Jordan were to ask us, we certainly wouldn’t encourage him to smoke.

But then it’s no secret that we don’t encourage anyone to smoke.



If Mr. Jordan smokes cigars, then that’s his business. We don’t think it sets a good example for others to follow.



We are even more concerned about the example set every day in movie theaters when smoking by actors is treated with cavalier disdain. And we have the research to show that smoking in the movies does influence teen behavior.



We were asked to provide a comment, and we did. Our comment was based on the request from TMZ. We didn’t even know about these photos until TMZ asked.



It certainly does show how good intent can be misrepresented for someone else’s gain (in this case TMZ). And once that cat is out of the bag, the denizens of the internet take over and create a controversy.



The Society certainly has no interest in becoming a personal “health nanny,” not for Mr. Jordan or for anyone else.



2209 days ago
73.

Stu    

ACS' medical blogger just responded to this:
http://www.cancer.org/aspx/blog/Comments.aspx?id=242

Excerpt:
The next thing you know, the headline on the website proclaims that the American Cancer Society is “burning” over Mr. Jordan’s “cigar shots.”
Well, sorry to say, but we are not. It is not even a lingering topic of discussion in our offices.
No one is surprised to hear that the Society doesn’t consider smoking to be a healthy behavior. If Mr. Jordan were to ask us, we certainly wouldn’t encourage him to smoke.
But then it’s no secret that we don’t encourage anyone to smoke.
If Mr. Jordan smokes cigars, then that’s his business.

2209 days ago
74.

peachfish    

I guess TMZ doesn't find it necessary to mention they THEY called the ACS and ASKED for an opinion. http://www.cancer.org/aspx/blog/Comments.aspx?id=242

2209 days ago
75.

tracy    

To see what American Cancer Society really says about this "incident," see the link below to access ACS' website:

http://www.cancer.org/aspx/blog/Comments.aspx?id=242

Get the story right people!

2209 days ago
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