Last year there was some speculation that Obama was smoking again–after having quit, he says, because his wife scared him into it.   Whether he is still smoking or not, a Russian advertiser has decided to use the American president’s smoking habit in his or her latest anti-smoking ad campaign.

The tagline:  “Don’t be like Obama.”

Russian antismoking ad_Obama

The Hill reports:

An anti-smoking ad has popped up in Russia featuring an image of President Obama and warning “smoking kills more people than Obama.”

. . . .  “Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills lots and lots of people,” the ad states, depicting Obama with a cigarette. “Don’t smoke, don’t be like Obama.”

A spokesman responsible for the mayor’s department on advertisements told Russia radio RSN the advertisement would be removed, according to Newsweek.

BBC reports that the ad was first posted to Facebook by a Russian MP who is critical of the Kremlin:  “Dmitry Gudkov, an MP and critic of the Kremlin, posted the image saying: ‘I am disgusted and ashamed of what appears on the streets of the Russian capital’.”
Watch the report:

According to the BBC report, this is not the first time that Obama has been featured in negative Russian advertisements.

It is not the first time the US president has been targeted in negative ads, amid rising US-Russia tensions.

According to the Moscow Times, a pro-Kremlin art group hung a banner of President Obama with the caption “killer” opposite the US embassy in Moscow.

And in December a major Russian supermarket chain apologised after selling a chopping board with the US president pictured as a chimpanzee.