I'll be honest, I think it's one of the coolest things in the world that Michael Jordan smokes a cigar while he plays softball. Think of how many people in the world could actually get away with that? Probably George Clooney. Or Fidel Castro. Anybody else does it they just look they're trying too hard to project an air of power and invincibility they don't possess. But Jordan could smoke a cigar during church and still pull it off. But it turns out the little photo-op captured by TMZ didn't impress the American Cancer Society, who fired off a strongly-worded letter condemning MJ's toke-age:
"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 (one-third) 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."
Yes, smoking is horrible and wrecks people's lives, but still — it's Michael Jordan. His positive influence on young people seems to far outweigh his "unhealthful habits" he's publicly displayed. Think of what he's done for all of the up-and-coming bookies in his lifetime? Michael Jordan: America's #1 Cause Of Cancer [SBB] American Cancer Society Goes After Michael Jordan [Game On]