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