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MTV Video Music Awards criticized for glorifying marijuana

An organization that ran anti-cigarette smoking ads during the Video Music Awards has complained to MTV's parent company about the program's multiple references to marijuana and said it sent the wrong message to young viewers. Show host Miley Cyrus was responsible for most of them. She even came backstage with a lit joint after the show and passed it around to photographers. "It is entirely understandable for viewers to be confused, after hearing so much about marijuana during the VMA broadcast, to see a powerful advertisement about the dangers of tobacco," said Eric Asche, chief marketing officer of the Truth Initiative, which sponsored two anti-cigarette ads. Asche...

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