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ANTI-SMOKING ACTIVIST DEMANDS WWE APOLOGY FOR R TRUTH ANGLE, WWE RESPONDS

By Mike Johnson on 2011-04-19 15:39:41
TMZ.com noted last night's angle where R Truth smoked a cigarette and blew the smoke on John Morrison, reporting that activist Patrick Reynolds, Executive Director of TobaccoFree.org is demanding a public apology from Truth for smoking in front of children.

Reynolds told TMZ.com, "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."

In response, WWE issued the following statement to TMZ.com:

"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."

Thanks to Dan Hoffman.