Key opinion leaders to explore how the United States can cultivate more common purpose
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On January 30, Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) will sponsor The Hill’s independent, editorial live event, “A More Perfect Union?”—a forum in which consequential voices will come together to discuss ways in which America can find more common purpose.
The forthcoming presidential State of the Union address gives the United States an opportunity to take stock of what has been accomplished in the past year and what still needs to be done. To be held a few days prior to the February 4 address, the forum will explore ways in which a polarized country can come together around shared aspirations for a better future. It will benefit from a range of perspectives, emphasizing civil discourse and quality conversations.
PMI is sponsoring the forum as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage meaningful dialogue, create partnerships for smart solutions and share the science behind its efforts to “unsmoke” the world. The company recognizes that before it can do that, it needs to unsmoke minds. “Our goal and driving purpose is to ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke—and the public health,” explained Jacek Olczak, Chief Operating Officer of PMI. “PMI is doing everything it can to achieve this objective, but progress can only be accelerated through increased dialogue and cooperation. Similarly, the pressing issues facing the U.S., including increased partisanship and a deficit of trust, can best be addressed by bringing people together in open, civil dialogue. It is only by spending time together and communicating openly and without rancor that people can begin to recognize that what binds them is far more powerful than what is driving them apart.”
Earlier this month, PMI released its “Unsmoke Your Mind” white paper, which explores the challenging questions the public has about the role of smoke-free products in tobacco harm reduction. The white paper clearly demonstrates the public’s support for governments, regulators, public health bodies and industry to work together to solve the global problem of smoking rather than ignore the current science related to smoke-free alternatives.
This January 30 forum event is open to the press. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit: https://amoreperfectunion.splashthat.com/.
The Hill’s “A More Perfect Union?”
PMI Chief Operating Officer Jacek Olczak and Senior Vice President of Global Communications Marian Salzman will be available for media interviews.
Thursday, January 30, 2020: 8–11:30 a.m.
600 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Philip Morris International: Delivering a Smoke-Free Future
Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company and its shareholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, as well as smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States. In addition, PMI ships a version of its IQOS Platform 1 device and its consumables authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Altria Group, Inc. for sale in the United States under license. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI’s smoke-free IQOS product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. As of September 30, 2019, PMI estimates that approximately 8.8 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to PMI’s heat-not-burn product, available for sale in 51 markets in key cities or nationwide under the IQOS brand. For more information, please visit http://www.pmi.com and http://www.pmiscience.com.
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