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Philip Morris International Comments on the European Parliament Vote on the Proposed Tobacco Products Directive
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Tuesday,

October 8th 2013

Philip Morris International Inc.’s (PMI)

(NYSE/Euronext Paris: PM) EU Region

President Drago Azinovic made the

following comment regarding the vote in

the European Parliament on the EU’s

proposed Tobacco Products Directive:

"Today’s vote in the European

Parliament has introduced marginal

improvement in some areas, but has still

failed to take into account the views of

millions of EU citizens, including our

employees, retailers, tobacco growers

and adult consumers who will be

impacted by these measures.

"It remains the case that Members of the

European Parliament have voted to ban

an entire segment of the legal market

despite the inevitable increase in illegal

trade that this will fuel. They have failed

to provide a workable framework for

reduced harm products and have also

continued to include oversized graphic

health warnings and pack standardization

- even though the risks of smoking are

already well known - and without

apparent concern for property rights

that the EU Charter protects.

"There remain several important steps

before this Directive passes into law, and

we hope that decision makers will take

the opportunity to apply common sense

and adopt a Directive that is – as any EU

legislation must be – necessary,

proportionate and supported by credible



About Philip Morris International Inc.

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is

the leading international tobacco

company, with seven of the world’s top

15 international brands, including

Marlboro, the number one cigarette

brand worldwide. PMI’s products are

sold in more than 180 markets. In 2012,

the company held an estimated 16.3%

share of the total international cigarette

market outside of the U.S., or 28.8%

excluding the People’s Republic of China

and the United States. For more

information, see


Philip Morris International Press Office

Media Enquiries

T: +41 (0)58 242 4500






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