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.