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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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76.

Angie    

I'm a reporter, and while I'm aware TMZ is neither a reputable news source or worth much of anyone's time, they still need to do their research.

The Calif. division of the organization was contacted...not the Society's media team at its National Home Office (in Atlanta).

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

TMZ, get it right.

2055 days ago
77.

Seriously!    

How about the fact that TMZ asked for ACS to comment and that's just what they did. I'm doubtful they really care about one individual celebrity who smokes, it's their choice and they aren't going to go after each person that does it.

2054 days ago
78.

Jitesh Patel    

YEPPP PRETTY RIDICULOUS CELEBS AND PRO ATHLETES ARE NORMAL PEOPLE TOO JUST CAUSE HE SMOKES A CIGAR HECK HE WAS DOING THAT WHILE PLAYING FOR THE WIZARDS ETC... NOW A BETTER NEWS STORY WOULD MJ WERE TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR THE 4TH TIME AND PLAY FOR HMMM THE CELTICS OR THE SPURS OR SUNS TEAMS THAT HAVE A LEGIT SHOT AT PLAYING FOR A TITLE I CAN SEE MJ AS A SOLID 6TH MAN OFF THE BENCH THAT WOULD BE SWEET

2053 days ago
79.

Mattresskittens    

OMG they're worried about kids emulating this.....but look at all the female stars starving themselves into size zeros! ALL the girls out there creating an unhealthy lifestyle for themselves because these "stick figures" are popular. Priorities people....

2051 days ago
80.

MJFAN4LIFE    

MJ was on the cover of Cigar Afficianato several years back. How is this newsworthy at all? MJ has said himself that he used to smoke a stogey on his way to the Bulls Arena EVERY MORNING! He has no problem admitting/showing the world that he enjoys smoking cigars , and is the world's most successful marketing icon IMO. Ok maybe Tiger or Kobe have been more successfull, but you know what i'm saying.

2019 days ago
81.

jamesnhs    

common heis a Grown ADULT let him smokeif he wants

1443 days ago
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