Smoke-free simulcasting

| June 22, 2018

Philip Morris International yesterday issued a call to action for the creative, media and communications communities to embrace its ongoing commitment to creating a smoke-free world.

‘As part of this initiative, PMI will offer smoke-free alternatives wherever we can, including heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes, to current smokers in the industry who would otherwise continue to smoke,’ the company said in a press note.

The initiative was announced during a keynote speech at the PMI Science Lounge at The Cannes Festival of Creativity, where senior vice president of communications Marian Salzman said: “We are asking the creative community to join us in raising awareness of the potential of science, technology and innovation for those who smoke and the people around them”.

PMI described the move as being part of its vision ‘to lead the charge towards greater innovation and technology in the tobacco industry, all of which is backed by science’.

Agencies interested in joining the movement can contact Marian Salzman at marian.salzman@pmi.com.

“People who smoke deserve information about better alternatives,” said COO Jacek Olczak (pictured). “The media industry can play an important role in making this happen, including by championing this initiative.

“Quitting tobacco and nicotine remains the best option for smokers, but for those who don’t, science-based non-combustible alternatives are a better choice than continuing to use cigarettes.”

Olczak said PMI wanted a world where all people who would otherwise continue to smoke instead switched to less harmful alternatives. “We started with a bold statement in Cannes: we are looking to create a world where all these smokers switch to better alternatives,” he said. “Now it’s time to make sure people know we are serious. And now, we are following up with concrete actions.”

The press note said that the Emakina Group, an independent group of communication agencies in Europe, had been the first agency network to declare its commitment to a smoke-free future by pledging support to the initiative across its 13 offices. “A smoke-free future for the whole company? Challenge accepted,” said Brice Le Blévennec, CEO, Emakina Group. “And you know what? Let’s start now!”

PMI says it is developing and assessing a range of smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes including heated tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and other innovative technologies. ‘The company is conducting extensive research to examine the risk reduction potential of the products compared to continued smoking,’ it said. ‘All evidence to date indicates that PMI’s smoke-free alternatives are a better choice for smokers than cigarettes.’

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