Beyonce Knowles is under fire after an image of her smoking with an old-fashioned cigarette holder hit billboards and newspapers around Australia. Beyonce is doing her Australian tour in April.
Australian anti-smoking group, Quit has written to the Federal Department of Health, saying the tour ad could be in jeopardy of the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act.
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Quit executive director Todd Harper said the advertisement could be seen to be promoting and giving publicity to a smoking product, which is against the law.
He said Beyonce was badly advised and did not need to be photographed with the cigarette to make herself appear more sophisticated.
“She is so talented and she doesn’t really need to do this,” he said.
“I’m disappointed that Beyonce has used smoking in this way.
“Beyonce is clearly a role model for young people, and the fact she can sell out shows means she doesn’t need this ad in magazines to portray sophistication.
Tell me, these days, who do you think is a good role model for your kids? Hard to pick from the Hollywood pack?