Dec 26, 2011 at 04:35 PM
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Orange Bowl Cancels Cigar Sponsorship

Orange Bowl officials said Friday that they’ve cancelled a planned sponsorship deal with Camacho Cigars. The deal announced earlier this month has been protested by numerous public health groups asking both the Orange Bowl Committee and the NCAA to nix the deal. After mutual review, it was determined that it would not be appropriate to go forward with the sponsorship an Orange Bowl spokesperson said.

The planned sponsorship called for a large presence at several game-day events, including lounges where fans could light up. The three-year deal included the 2013 BCS National Championship. Wahl said that plans were limited to non-game events and geared toward adults.

On Thursday, Sens. Dick Durbin, Frank Lautenberg and Richard Blumenthal, all Democrats, sent letters to bowl officials and the NCAA, asking them to reconsider the deal. It followed a similar effort earlier this week by several public health groups.

The senators and health groups said cigars contain the same toxic, cancer-causing chemicals that cigarettes do. They argued that promoting cigars at the Orange Bowl would send the wrong message to young fans.

This season’s Orange Bowl is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Miami, where No. 23 West Virginia will play No. 14 Clemson.