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Jacek Olczak said the company could 'see the world without cigarettes ... and actually, the sooner it happens, the better it is for everyone'.
The chief executive of tobacco business Philip Morris International has called on the UK government to ban cigarettes within a decade, in a move that would outlaw its own Marlboro brand.

Jacek Olczak said the company could "see the world without cigarettes ... and actually, the sooner it happens, the better it is for everyone." Cigarettes should be treated like petrol cars, the sale of which is due to be banned from 2030, he said.

Comment: The CEO of a multibillion dollar company thinks outlawing cigarettes would be better for whom? Is there anything in his job that qualifies him to know what's best for 'everyone'? Also, what's with 2030? Why are the establishment so eager to wipe out civilization and society as we know it in the next decade? The Greta Reset: Welcome to the UK 2030 - the no petrol, no transport, no freedom of movement Net Zero future

Government action would end the confusion felt by smokers, some of whom still thought the "alternatives are worse than cigarettes", Olczak told the Sunday Telegraph. "Give them a choice of smoke-free alternatives ... with the right regulation and information it can happen 10 years from now in some countries. You can solve the problem once and forever."

Comment: 'In some countries', does he mean those countries most willing and able to enforce the most oppressive restrictions on its people? New Zealand along with Saudi Arabia (interesting bedfellows) seem to heading in that direction: New Zealand govt 'considering' outlawing tobacco altogether by 2025

Philip Morris International (PMI) recently said it wanted half its turnover to come from non-smoking products as it morphs into a "healthcare and wellness company" with executive pay tied to its new mission to "unsmoke the world" by phasing out cigarettes.

Comment: It's notable that as governments claim to scrambling to contain a 'deadly pandemic', studies have shown that that smokers were less likely to suffer from coronavirus, but rather than investigate tobacco's natural protective properties, governments instead are enforcing lockdowns that destroy livelihoods and experimental vaccines that harm health.

Nonetheless the company has come under fire from anti-smoking campaigners who accused it of hypocrisy after it launched a £1bn takeover bid for Vectura, a British pharmacy company that makes asthma inhalers.

Campaigners argue tobacco companies are positioning themselves as part of the solution to a smoke-free world, while continuing to aggressively sell and promote lethal cigarettes. Smoking, including secondhand, kills roughly 8 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization.

Comment: Tobacco isn't harmful, thousands of years of consumption and numerous modern studies prove that, moreover, for some people, it's highly beneficial.

Tobacco firms have been moving into cigarette alternatives such as vapes and e-cigarettes. PMI is pushing the IQOS, a cigarette device that heats tobacco to deliver nicotine without the smoke and tar that cause diseases including cancer.