Popular high-life artist Bisa Kdei has defended Sarkodie's controversial cigar-smoking pictures, describing it as pure artistry.Some CSO's including the Vision for Alternative Development, the Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance, Media Alliance in Tobacco Control and Health, Jaishi Initiative, and the Community Health Support Team had condemned the picture saying "we are very disappointed in Sarkodie for circulating pictures of himself smoking a cigar on social media without considering the negative influence this singular act stands to have on the public, especially the youth, most of whom consider him as their role model." But speaking in an interview on Kastle FM in Cape Coast, Bisa Kdei was of the view that "well, it depends on the artist, and personally, I don't see any problem with pictures of an artiste smoking cigar. There are some things that are pure artistry you can't take away from an artist so I don't think it's something we need to condemn."
He added that "when you go abroad, artists do more than this and it's normal. At the end of the day, if you do good, you do for yourself."The Civil Society Organizations have called on Sarkodie to come out and render an apology.