Cigar Aficionado

Health Organizations Protest Camacho Sponsorship of Orange Bowl

Camacho Cigars is under fire for being a sponsor of the Orange Bowl, the New Year's Day football game that is among the oldest and most famous in college sports. The Orange Bowl and the NCAA have been asked to drop Camacho as a sponsor. The Pinellas Park, Florida, company, a unit of Switzerland's Davidoff of Geneva, is currently featured on the list of more than 50 partners for this year's event.

Several health organizations, including some aimed at preventing childhood tobacco use, have sent an open letter to both the Orange Bowl Committee and the NCAA asking them to remove the sponsorship and cancel the three-year agreement. The organizations claim Camacho's sponsorship will be seen as an NCAA endorsement of smoking, and that children will associate the brand with role models in the collegiate athletics community.

Under the agreement, Camacho would have a presence for the Orange Bowl at Sun Life stadium that would include smoking lounge areas open to fans during pre-game events. Currently, Camacho Cigars is among in a sponsor list that includes Stella Artois and Bacardi, two brands that produce adult beverages.

"A sponsor is just that, I'm tired of stupid things having to be placed as negative or incorrect, players and commercials and what have you aren't coming out and saying "hey kids, you should start smoking it's fun and makes you look cool, especially since your 5 years old. Big bird smokes 3 packs a days and wants you to start." Who gives a damn about who sponsors sports and stuff. Video game systems are a big sponsor lets call for a ban on that to because they can cause seizures, give me break I guess we can thank Tipper Gore for that one eh? Dumb b...h!" —January 11, 2012 05:41 AM
"I live near Sun Life stadium where the Orange Bowl game is played. This stadium is also the home stadium for the Miami Dolphins and the Univ. of Miami. I have attended many games at this venue and have never seen anyone leaving the stadium and driving away while intoxicated on premium cigars. I however cannot say the same for alcohol. Kenny Griffin Pembroke Pines, FL" —January 5, 2012 22:50 PM
"get drunk on coconut flavored rum and get behind the wheel of your new car ,dont forget those ED pills for your soft pecker but hold the phone a cigar oh hell no some child might get the urge to pony up 10 bucks to purchase a,wait a second they cant legally purchase them hmmmmmmmm what to do? ah no matter better stick our nose where it dont belong,used to be ya did that and someone would break it for ya" —December 28, 2011 03:50 AM
"I agree with all of the comments here, once again Health Organizations are trying to dictate ones lifestyles, instead of minding their own business, and allowing to people to function like adults, and staying out of the picture!!" —December 27, 2011 08:41 AM
"Who'll think of the children . . . Sesame Street should be changed to Sesame Abode. Streets are not safe places for children to play: cement trucks doing 40, the weirdo on the 9th. floor with binoculars. The Cookie Monster: obese, unhealthy eating habits, and likely diabetic. Bert and Ernie: repressed, possibly still in the closet. Oscar The Grouch: compulsive hoarder, sardonic wit, doesn't like children. Elmo: ADHD, bulimic and anorexic. Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus: codependency. The Count: I'll having him over to go through the humidor, afterwards we can have cigars counting the puffs and quaff a few drams. All of this political correctness is offensive, insensitive, and terribly hurtful. " —December 25, 2011 06:19 AM
"to me the health Organization and the group are bull shit! I grew up in the North East, played in creeks, river beds, and then some. That what kids did. Know it's frown what kids do! The hole deal of this and thats of what's in the water! Now look, don't do this or thats, .......... ugh!" —December 24, 2011 06:48 AM
"From now on all bowl games will be sponsored by the vegatable Broccoli and Tofu!!!!" —December 24, 2011 00:14 AM
"Bottom line: Cigar manufacturers don't have the lobby that the spirits industry has. Anyone ever get killed as a result of an accident from too many stogies? No. Yet most state universities allow -- and practically encourage -- on-campus alcohol consumption. If we're serious about shielding young people from harmful substances, let's start with alcohol. KC" —December 23, 2011 01:48 AM
"A doctor's job, in my humble opinion: 1) Warn me of the risks. 2) Fix me when I'm broken 3) Shut up. Of course it's not for nothing that only fringe and failed doctors work for "Health Groups". " —December 22, 2011 21:03 PM
"What a bunch of friggin' hypocrites. While alcohol abuse IS an issue with teenagers and college students, I've yet to hear about abuse of premium cigars by those same age-groups. Yet these bozos will look the other way on the Beer and Rum sponsors. I hope the money-loving NCAA and Orange Bowl committees tell them to pound sand. " —December 22, 2011 18:58 PM
"Just added the Orange bowl to my holiday viewing list. " —December 22, 2011 14:21 PM
"Who didn't see this coming?" —December 22, 2011 13:27 PM
"this is a hypocritical view point, they should go and complain about the alcohol companies involved as well as the tobacco companies BUT no they decide to just go after the tobacco companies.... someone says double standards here?" —December 22, 2011 09:35 AM
"Ok, what's next? Will the health Organizations go after the beer companies? " —December 22, 2011 02:11 AM