Philip Morris calls for a UK ban on cigarettes
The management of the world's largest tobacco company Philip Morris has advocated a ban on the sale of cigarettes in the UK.
Philip Morris CEO André Kalantzopoulos and Chairman of the Board of Directors Jacek Olzak believe that cigarettes should be treated like internal combustion engines, that is, they should be abandoned within the next ten years.
In the summer of 2019, the British government presented the Concept for Better Public Health. One of its main goals is to completely eliminate cigarettes by 2030, which could be facilitated by a switch to e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco heating.
In particular, according to a company spokesman, Philip Morris International will stop selling Marlboro cigarettes in the UK in the next decade. The brand will disappear from shelves as part of a diversification strategy. The company hopes that customers will switch to vaping, which is considered less harmful.
Kalantzopoulos noted that Philip Morris praised the government's "progressive" approach to regulating the e-cigarette market to wean people off smoking. He believes that the ban on the sale of cigarettes also "may be one of the solutions."