When I first saw this story I thought, how odd turkeys voting for Christmas but as with everything there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Philip Morris International, the tobacco giant that makes and sells Marlboro cigarettes for customers outside the US, said that the company plans to stop selling cigarettes in the UK within the next 10 years.

Surely this is business suicide but apparently not as the company is responding to a consumer shift away from smoking tobacco products and is preparing for bans on cigarettes by switching to alternatives, the UK government plans to go cigarette free by 2030.

It seems that Philip Morris is already selling smoke-free products and they account for nearly 30% of its sales in the second quarter of the year and by 2025, it plans to bring this up to 50% of sales.

These products include various types of e-cigarettes, which do not burn tobacco, they either don’t use tobacco at all or heat tobacco to create nicotine vapor.

So the full story is not that Philip Morris wish to ban cigarettes, they merely want to move consumers to its e-cigarettes and smoke free products.

I am lucky in that I gave up over twenty years a go but as a confirmed 80+ a day Marlboro man in my time I am rather looking forward to the compensation I am going to receive now that Philip Morris has virtually admitted they are bad for your health, I shall look for the forthcoming injury lawyers are us advertisements.

Why Philip Morris International Wants to Ban Cigarettes, Marlboros


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. Oh I do so miss my dummy……I mean my pipe!

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