Alicia Keys Fuming Over Tobacco Sponsors
R&B singer Alicia Keys would rather not have cigarettes present at her Jakarta concert on July 31, and not just because of her sensitive vocal cords.
The singer demanded that concert sponsorship by tobacco company Philip Morris be pulled from the show. Anti-tobacco groups had pressured the singer.
Tobacco Free Kids had loudly insisted that the sponsorship was "inconsistent with [Keys'] advocacy for children's health through her involvement in Keep a Child Alive," reports the BBC. Keep a Child Alive addresses the HIV/AIDS epidemic in poor countries.
Keys took "corrective actions" to the tobacco sponsorship, adding, "I'm an unyielding advocate for the well-being children around the world and do not condone or endorse smoking."
Oh well; maybe Philip Morris can strike a deal when Amy Winehouse launches her "Booze and Smokes Are Bloody Good for Infants" world tour, which will probably begin sometime next year. Pending her continued survival, of course.