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Cig-Sucking WWE Star -- SMOKED by Tobactivist

4/19/2011 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

WWE star R-Truth is taking serious heat for lighting up a cigarette on "RAW" last night ... in front of a row of kids -- and now, the biggest anti-smoking activist on the planet is DEMANDING he apologize.

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The drama began when Ron "R-Truth" Killings hit up the audience for a smoke ... and actually LIT UP right in front of them ... including several children.

But the on-screen cig-fest didn't sit so well with anti-smoking activist Patrick Reynolds (pictured right) -- Executive Director of TobaccoFree.org -- who has officially issued a challenge to the wrestler ... to publicly apologize for the smoking stunt.

Reynolds -- ironically the grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds -- tells TMZ, "For him to smoke in front of [children] is irresponsible. At best, it's thoughtless, and at worst, if he calculated appealing to kids by posing as a bad-boy outlaw, it's evil."

0419_smoking_wrestler_sm_launchReynolds adds, "If he wants help in quitting, I'll be happy to be his personal coach."

The WWE issued a statement to TMZ defending the cigarette incident -- saying, "The negative effect smoking has on one’s health and physical performance was a part of a storyline on last night’s Monday Night Raw.  Negative depictions of tobacco use on television are not unusual and can be seen on other TV-PG shows."



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Mark    

When the hell did people get the crazy idea that ANYTHING in wrestling was healthy for children to watch? It just seems funny to me that everyone overlooks the half naked skanks and the steroids and the guys beating women etc etc and then freak out because one guy lights up a smoke. lol

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mjfan212    

kind of figured this would happen while watching it lol the crowd was chanting THATS ILLEGAL

1233 days ago
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Linda    

Any parent who takes their children to this type of event really shouldn't complain about cigarettes.This is the lesser of two evil's.

1233 days ago
4.

Louis    

But it is totally okay to expose children to violence exacted by men in tight panties. What f*cking ever.

1233 days ago
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Conservatives are Cowards    

Patrick Reynolds needs to get over himself.

He should apologize for being annoyingly self-important.

And I'll bet that the wrestler is in better physical condition than Patrick Reynolds, so maybe Pat is the one who could use a personal coach. I highly doubt that Patrick Reynolds puts in even a fraction of the time in the gym than these wrestlers do.

1233 days ago
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Whamo    

Give me a break, If your kid smokes because of this then the parents haven't done their job. I agree with Mighty Mad FU antismoking Nazis. It's OK to beat the **** out of women but god forbid if you light a smoke. Pull out a crack pipe and all is well but a SMOKE! oh no!!! I am sick and f@#king tired of these a@@wipes.

1233 days ago
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Brian    

Patrick Reynolds needs to look into the bank account that grand pappy made for him and then decide just what smoking did for him....

1233 days ago
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TMZ dont like me    

He turned heel last night. He was just doing what heels are supposed to do, in order to turn the crowd against them. Vince McMahon probably told him to do it...

1233 days ago
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Go Away    

What a self important A$$clown. He has millions of dollars from a cigarette company and complains because some guy who was fake fighting lights up a smoke as part of a story line about him being out of shape because he smokes. It is called a plot line.

Besides, the show was in England last night so does it really count that he lit up in front of kids?

1233 days ago
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kimmi    

lmao <3 every single comment. But @ brian and Samantha; that's dangerous logic you're using and it will NOT be tolerated!! LOL

1233 days ago
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cindy    

Patrick Reynolds needs to get a life!!

1233 days ago
12.

The PMG    

So everybody freaks out when a wrestler smokes on screen for a storyline, but not when they have storylines about rape, kidnapping, stabbings, shootings, being hit by a car, and, of course, you can't forget about H.L.A. This guy needs to get off his high-horse and realize that not everything requires an apology.

1233 days ago
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Snooki'sHairBump    

Report Mark 18 minutes ago When the hell did people get the crazy idea that ANYTHING in wrestling was healthy for children to watch? It just seems funny to me that everyone overlooks the half naked skanks and the steroids and the guys beating women etc etc and then freak out because one guy lights up a smoke. lol
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BUT THEY CAN GET LUNG CANCER!!! ZOMG SMOKING IS SO BAD FOR YOU!!! THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!!

Seriously though, I'm a non-smoker and I think it's stupid that this dude is freaking out over a damn cigarette. While we're at it let's ban cigarette smoking in movies! Because kids watch movies too right?

1233 days ago
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joe    

the bigger story should read...
once again, wwe copies tna! one month after tna lights up a cig on a broadcast... wwe does it... a month after tna goes jersey shore... wwe does it... hey wwe creative team... a pay cut should be in order you un-creative peeps!

1233 days ago
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mac    

These comments are going to be even funnier when some of you die from tobacco related cancer or have family and friends die from tobacco related cancer.. seriously I will be laughing so hard at your misfortune. Let's invent something that has no positive benefits and that kills mass amounts of humans.. actually never mind I'm glad there are cigarettes to thin the herd.. keep smoking

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