Philip Morris International CEO Wants To Ban Cigarettes
July 26, 2021 10:48AM EDT
The CEO of Philip Morris International believes that cigarettes should be outlawed – and plans to stop selling them in the UK.
Jacek Olczak says his company – which makes Marlboro, Virginia Slims, and other brands – will stop selling cigarettes in the next 10 years, as the company moves its focus to smoke-free products and cigarette alternatives.
Olczak says a government ban “can solve the problem once and forever”.
Philip Morris International is separate the U.S.-based Altria, who makes and distributes Marlboro products in the United States.
Could a ban like this ever happen in the U.S.? Why have public attitudes towards smoking changed so much over the last few decades?