Sat Oct 4 2003
Craig urged to snub stubs
Anti-tobacco campaigners have appealed to singer Craig David to pull out of a concert part-sponsored by a cigarette brand.
David is due to perform at an event in Malaysia next week as part of his current world tour.
But protesters are worried that the star, who has a legion of teenage fans, may not know the concert is backed by Salem cigarettes - a brand popular in Asia.
Deborah Arnott, director of the anti-smoking charity ASH, said: "Is Craig David really going to be used by the tobacco industry to market cigarettes to his young fans? Tobacco sponsorship is outlawed in the UK - why would Craig David want to do the industry's dirty work in Malaysia."
David, 21, become the youngest ever British male artist to hit the number one spot with his debut single, Fill Me In (click on title to hear the song), released in March 2000.
The concert in Penang on October 11 is part of his Slicker than the Average world tour which started two weeks ago.
A spokesman for the singer said he was not the headline artist for the event in Malaysia, which featured other performers, DJs and a fashion show.
"There is no advertising of any kind that we have seen that includes both Salem and Craig David. To this end Craig David is not promoting or condoning smoking or cigarettes," he said.
Salem is made by Japanese Tobacco International (JTI) which also produces Camel, Mild Seven and Winston.
Andre Rogov, from JTI, defended the company's sponsorship of the concert. He said: "The event is restricted to over-18-year-olds only. It is about maintaining brand loyalty among adult smokers."