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Kelly Clarkson wants you all to smoke

By | Published on Wednesday 21 April 2010

Anti-smoking protestors are getting all kinds of stressed over Kelly Clarkson inadvertently promoting a tobacco brand in Indonesia. They should probably have a cigarette and chill out.

Cigarette firm Diarum is sponsoring an upcoming Clarkson concert in Jakarta, and their logos are all over the posters promoting the show. It’s not clear whether there’s much the popster can do about that, though anti-smoking types in the US are pointing out that when the same brand sponsored an Alicia Keys show in Indonesia two years ago, she objected to their branding being on her posters and had it removed.

Matt Myers, President of the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, told Associated Press this week: “If Kelly Clarkson goes ahead with the concert, she is by choice being a spokesman for the tobacco industry and helping them to market to children. She has the power now to turn this situation around and to send a clear message to Indonesian young people and, frankly, to the young people of the world”.