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A favor de Philip Morris

Spoke to an Argentinian journalist who rang Forest from South America last night.

Uruguayan has introduced some of the toughest tobacco control measures in the world including graphic health warnings that cover 80 per cent of a cigarette pack,front and back. In response Philip Morris is suing the government for lost revenue.

"El tabaco es un producto legal y la gente debería poder fumar sin ser hostigada," I told her. "La gente que fuma ya sabe que es potencialmente dañino para su salud, pero este tipo de iniciativas fomentan la discriminación contra los fumadores."

Well, that's how it was translated.

See: Por qué Philip Morris considera a Uruguay una amenaza? (BBC World)

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Reader Comments (5)

Your message was well translated, and it was a great surprise for me to read about Forest!.. that raises new hopes for more freedom and respect to smokers.
I detest our new law against smoking. Why not places for people that like smoking? It's a pleasure to go out for dinner, coffee or a drink, with good company and the possibility of enjoying a good cigarette too. Know it's impossible for us.
I reject to be considered as a delinquent, only because I like smoking (a traumatic experience in the USA). Why is that our own existences do not seem enough to us?
Must also be everlasting, overhealthy, sporty, forever youthful, odourless & tasteless, plastic ….
Greetings from Buenos Aires!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 17:20 | Unregistered CommenterMar

Mar -

Welcome ! Your words and sentiments are well-chosen.

Plastic People for a Plastic Paradise - that's the goal (and we're already half-way there).

Yuk !

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 13:41 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

Good luck to phillip Morris except it won't be a positive outcome for them. We all know that globally it is only smokers and tobacco companies who have no rights when all other legal consumers and industry is protected by law. Law is made to hound tobacco companies out of business and criminalise their law abiding consumers. This is the only way it is going.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 15:13 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

Philip Morris suing for lost revenue? Hmmm. So now our friends in Big Tobacco are arguing that smoking rates ARE affected by the design of cigarette packaging.

So much for Simon Clark's recent claim that "There is no evidence that plain packaging will have any influence whatsoever on smoking rates" (

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 9:56 | Unregistered CommenterRollo Tommasi

Perhaps Philip Morris should consider branching out into Arms Production ?

After all, it's immensely profitable, stimulates innovation and inventiveness, employs hundreds of thousands of people, enjoys massive government support, and - given the sex-appeal warfare obviously has for our Political Class - has a bright future ahead of it.

And (the best bit) it doesn't harm anyone.

Except foreigners (and their children).

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 11:43 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

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