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Country music star Gretchen Wilson under fire for chew can prop

UPI News Service, 08/26/2005 

Gretchen "Redneck Woman" Wilson has been asked by Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers to stop using a can of smokeless tobacco as a concert prop.

In a letter to Wilson Thursday, Summers wrote Wilson is a role model for youth and asked her "avoid glamorizing and normalizing the use of smokeless tobacco products," the Nashville City Paper reported.

Wilson has been known to pull out a can of chew while performing her song called "Man With a Skoal Ring" about the circle that gradually wears into the back of jeans pockets from tobacco containers.

Summers said because Wilson has fans under the age of 18, her actions violate the 1998 Smokeless Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which prohibits targeting youth for that product.

Wilson's spokeswoman, Michele Schweitzer, said the singer had no comment.

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