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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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tsteves1    

AGAIN!!!!! HERE IS A SITUATION WHERE TMZ.COM CREATES CONTROVERSY INSTEAD OF REPORTING IT... THEY ARE DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH STARTING GOSSIP ETC... ALL TABLOIDS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF SCRUTINY IMPOSED UPON THEM THAT THEY IMPOSE UPON OTHERS. TMZ.COM EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE STALKED AND THEIR HOME ADDRESSES AND FAMILIES STALKED THE WAY THEY STALK OTHERS...LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. ITS NOT THAT HARD TO FIND INTERNAL COMPANY EMPLOYEE LISTS AND POST THEM ON THE INTERNET FOR ALL TO SEE. USE THE SAME LEVEL OF RESEARCH UPON TMZ AND ITS EMPLOYEES THAT THEY USE UPON OTHERS

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real k    

Gimmie a break. worried about a cigar? why not all the artificial sweetener? Bunch of idiots.

2180 days ago
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!!    

Michael's smoking is HIS business, and the ACS should mind their OWN!

2180 days ago
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Cheese925    

They are talking crap about Mike and the poor image that he's displaying. But all will be fine and dandy if Mike wrote them out a check.

2180 days ago
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The Observer    

Hasn't Jordan been out of the limelight now for a few to several years? Are these people expected to live the lives of saints the rest of their lives once no longer in the limelight?

2180 days ago
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Switch    

yea we're going to see a bunch of inner city kids running around with cigars hanging out of their mouths

2180 days ago
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longhrnfan    

Who cares whether or he smokes or not? Does no one have any individual freedoms anymore?

2180 days ago
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Really?    

While I do agree that people are free to do as they wish, I also agree with the ACS. I smoke, but think that smoking should be banned everywhere kids are. Ban it in cars if there are kids under 18 or 21, ban it in parks, ban it anywhere near a school (Even on the sidewalk in front of the school), ban it in front of restaurants (Not bars, kids would not be there). Anyways, point being, if the nasty habit were banned the way drugs are, there would be a lot less kids starting to smoke. Kinda, sorta...

2180 days ago
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go ahead and stop breathing then    

Damn. These celebrities had better start doing a better job raising my kids!

2180 days ago
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L    

Can you say "parental guidance?" Too many political and health organizations in the homes of perfectly able families (though those are dwindling). If I wanted Michael Jordan to be responsible for my child's health, I would have had a baby with him. That is how far fetched this.

2180 days ago
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Renee    

That's so stupid... I can't believe they even said anything... Besides it's not like cigars are addictive like cigarettes or anything... they're a luxery like a fine brandy or glass of wine... They're idiots... why not target Britney Spears?

2180 days ago
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Mackenzie    

Michael Jordan is a citizen of the United States which means he has the freedom to do whatever the hell he wants, barring it does not break the law.. Cigar smoking does not. The ACS needs to jump down off his back. Who do they think they are getting pissed because he chose to smoke a cigar? He's a grown-ass man. All these organizations that piss and moan because celebrities do something they don't like can blow me. Since when did we decide it was up to Michael Jordan or Lindsay Lohan to raise our children?

2180 days ago
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MiMI    

You cant even enjoy a simple pleasure like a cigar anymore....without some freakin group coming down on you with a guilt trip... People should just mind their own damn business

2180 days ago
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Christopher Sheckler    

If you hate TMZ so much why do you visit it, and are the first to comment it everyday. Get a life.

2180 days ago
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Draax    

Athletes smoking should be the least of the ACS's concerns ... drugs, gang violence, shootings, prostitutes cruises.

2180 days ago
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