RJ Reynolds Says W.Va. Bar Can't Use Inflatable Ad

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. says a Charleston bar owner must take down an inflatable cigarette advertisement that he's using to protest a smoking ban.

Kerry "Paco" Ellison put the giant replica of a Winston cigarette pack on the side of the Blackhawk Saloon last month.

Ellison has had several run-ins with Kanawha County Health Officials over regulations that prohibit smoking in bars and other businesses.

Ellison received a letter Monday from an R.J. Reynolds lawyer demanding that he remove the ad.

The letter says the ad harms the North Carolina-based company's reputation because it's also being used to advertise "unlawful smoker nights" and to encourage bar patrons to violate the ban.

Ellison says he's not sure whether he will remove the ad.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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