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Why tobacco king Philip Morris is calling for a cigarette ban

Tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris said earlier this week in England that smoking could be banned within ten years. A call from a company that depends on the proceeds of cigarettes and shag. Why does Philip Morris say that? And if the company wants to get rid of smoking, why not just stop producing?

What exactly did Philip Morris say?

The tobacco company, which, among other things, markets and starts the Marlboro brand, has said it could stop selling cigarettes in the UK in 10 years. The condition is that politicians come up with a national ban and that there is an exception for alternative products, such as e-cigarettes. A statement from the company states that it also wants to move to a society without smokers in the Netherlands as soon as possible.

Why is the company saying this? Does it evoke anything?

Philip Morris recognizes that smoking is bad for your health. It knows that the regular cigarettes are having their day. e cigarette store has enough information. It has therefore developed various alternatives, for example e-cigarettes and products in which the tobacco is heated, but not burned. less substances are released during use.

If you still want to continue smoking, it would be better for Philip Morris to switch to these products. They are already worldwide responsible for a turnover of the company and that should be half in four years.

The comma to be criticized by many anti-smoking organizations. Marc Willemsen, Tobacco Control Expert at the Trimbos Institute, also finds Philip Morris’s quite “gratuitous”. No country has such a ban. In England there are relatively few smokers, less than, for example, in the Netherlands, and they buy more alternative products.” That is why, according to him, it is no coincidence that Philip Morris has done so in England. He is mainly a means to improve the image.

“In many countries, alternatives are not popular at all, especially in the poorer countries. Most of the turnover still comes from traditional tobacco. On top of that, if Philip Morris wants to stop selling cigarettes, they can just stop smoking them.” to make?”

Why doesn’t Philip Morris do that?

The company, like the Dutch association for tobacconists NSO Retail, thinks that if Philip Morris no longer markets cigarettes, the customer will switch to another brand. Therefore, all efforts should stop the tobacco company for a nationwide ban. e liquids has enough information. An exception must therefore be made for alternative products, such as e-cigarettes. And should be given the space to inform smokers about those products.

Are those alternatives indeed?

You cannot really speak of ‘healthier’ in this case. “Less unhealthy” might be a better description. But there are indeed studies that indicate that electronic cigarettes from products where the tobacco is heated, are less. The use of recent years. For example, NSO chairman Jos Zuijdwijk estimates that 10 percent of the turnover of smoking products in the Netherlands comes from alternative products. Willemsen believes that e-cigarettes and products are not part of the solution. “Those products continue to exist for humans and there is still nicotine in them. You go from the rain to the drop.”