Mayor Leffingwell Doesn't Like Austin-Branded Camel Cigarettes

Dec 1, 2010

As we told you last week, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says RJ Reynolds will start selling limited edition Camel cigarette packs this winter. The packaging will feature the symbols of America's hippest locales, Williamsburg, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and of course, Austin, Texas.

That's not sitting well with many elected officials from those municipalities. Now you can add Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell to the list of disgruntled public authorities.

"We certainly do not want to be part of marketing cigarettes to young people," Mayor Lee Leffingwell said in a statement emailed to KUT News. "Austin is a great place for live music, but I do not like the concept of using our city and our music to encourage young people to take up smoking."