San Diegans and all Americans are proud of Dennis Conner and his heroic crew, and we wish them all the best in the upcoming America's Cup defense.
However, when the new catamaran was pictured in the newspaper recently, we were disappointed to note that flags and logos of a well-known cigarette brand are prominently displayed on the boat and all around it.
As representatives of the medical community, we deplore the promotion of tobacco products in this (or any) manner. It amounts to flagrant advertising of a product now known to be addictive, dangerous to the user and harmful to those exposed to the "secondhand smoke."
In addition, this form of advertising cleverly circumvents the federal requirement that the surgeon general's health warnings appear prominently alongside promotional material.