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Juul CEO steps down; Altria, Philip Morris end merger talks

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:20 PM

A potential $200-billion merger between Juul stakeholder Altria and Philip Morris International collapses

RISKS. Juul faces mounting public backlash over the risks of vaping. Photo from Shutterstock

Philip Morris announces merger talks with Altria Group

Aug 28, 2019 - 12:40 AM

Philip Morris says its talks with the Altria Group are at early stages so there can be 'no assurance' that an agreement would be reached

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 21, 2018 shows the research and development campus of cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company Philip Morris International, in Neuchatel, western Switzerland. - Tobacco firms Philip Morris International and the US firm Altria Group are considering a potential merger, Philip Morris announced on August 27, 2019. The company said the talks on an all-stock merger of equals were at early stages and that there could be "no assurance" that any agreement or final transaction would occur.The tie-up would reconnect the companies. Altria spun off Philip Morris International in 2008, and still owns Philip Morris USA. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2019 - 12:10 AM

WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic

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Philip Morris eyes insurance incentives in campaign for vaping products

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Philip Morris is seeking lower insurance rates for smokers who switch to their 'smoke-free' IQOS products

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Workers laid off by Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco call for 'due process'

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The over 200 laid off workers say the change in corporate structure was not explained to them

JOB SECURITY. Workers of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp decry the retrenchment of over 200 workers. Photo from PMFTC Labor Union Facebook page

P7.5M worth of fake cigarettes confiscated in Cagayan de Oro

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs identified the owner of the confiscated materials as a certain Mister Chan a Taiwanese who operates businesses in this city

SMUGGLED. Bureau of Customs operatives shows fake Marlboro cigarettes that they confiscated after raiding two warehouses in Cagayan de Oro City on October 12, 2016. Photo by Bobby lagsa/Rappler

Philip Morris pleads not guilty to huge Thai tax dodge

Apr 25, 2016 - 3:36 PM

Thai prosecutors accuse the local unit of the company which owns the Marlboro and L M brands of evading some 20 billion baht 568 million tax

In this file photo, a company sign is seen outside the international headquarters of the US tobacco company Philip Morris, in Lausanne, Switzerland, September 30, 2013. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Philip Morris faces tax evasion case in Thailand

Jan 19, 2016 - 3:31 PM

The tobacco giant is accused of under declaring import prices for cigarettes from the Philippines

Australia welcomes plain cigarette packaging 'win'

Dec 18, 2015 - 1:27 PM

The government in Canberra welcomes the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration to refuse jurisdiction over a case brought by smoking giant Philip Morris

PLAIN PACKAGING WIN. A generic plain packaged cigarette pack is displayed during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 15 August 2012. File Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Fake cigarettes remain big challenge in PH market

Nov 30, 2015 - 11:44 AM

‘Nearly one in every 5 cigarettes consumed in the Philippines originated through illicit channels in 2014 ’ says Oxford Economics

Lucio Tan group spending P10B in 2015

Jun 23, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The conglomerate is optimistic despite cigarette beer units’ challenges

SC: Health dep't has no power to ban cigarette ads

May 21, 2015 - 8:14 PM

The Supreme Court upholds the appeals court ruling that only an inter agency committee can prohibit promotions and advertisements of tobacco products

MVP’s Smart, Meralco top taxpaying firms in 2013

Mar 11, 2015 - 6:22 PM

The Manuel V Pangilinan led firm dislodges Meralco as top taxpayer with an income tax due amounting to P10 89 billion the BIR reports

PMFTC to gov't: Plug leaks in sin tax collections

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation says the Philippine government must ensure that everyone pays the right excise taxes citing the alleged ‘fraudulent’ case of Mighty Corporation

Ex-Philip Morris workers lead Uruguay tobacco crackdown

Jul 29, 2014 - 3:09 PM

A group of ex tobacco industry workers in Uruguay reinvented themselves as anti tobacco police joining a government program that sends them around the country to monitor compliance with the new measures

View of an installation at Cagancha Square in Montevideo, Uruguay, during the No Tobacco Day, on 31 May 2012. Iván Franco/EPA

Philip Morris challenges new European tobacco laws

Jun 27, 2014 - 9:25 PM

The firm says there are several holes and discrepancies in the new regulations

COURT CHALLENGE. A company sign is seen outside the international headquarters of the US tobacco company Philip Morris, in Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 September 2013. Photo by Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Anti-smoking group to cigarette companies: 'Don't target the youth'

Apr 21, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Anti smoking advocates say cigarette companies are deliberately targeting the youth and circumventing the law

Why PH wants an end to the 'Be Marlboro' campaign

Mar 13, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The latest advertisements of the Philip Morris product targets to get teenagers hooked on smoking to replace its old market a study says

BE MARLBORO. This is a picture of an outdoor billboard in Germamny. Photo from WhyQuit

Tobacco firms' influence over PH gov't among highest in SEA

Feb 03, 2014 - 6:16 PM

In most of the 7 countries surveyed governments receive contributions from the tobacco industry or endorse the firms CSR activities

Health advocates hail shutdown of Mighty cigarette warehouse

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Mighty has been accused of lowering the prices of its cigarettes through technical smuggling

MIGHTY WAREHOUSE SHUTDOWN. Filipino-owned Mighty Tobacco sells its cigarettes for P1 per stick.

Customs seizes P18M worth of smuggled cigarettes

Oct 31, 2013 - 5:38 PM

Fake cigarettes stored in a 40 footer van are confiscated by the Customs bureau as it tightens surveillance of imported goods this Christmas season

SMUGGLED. Fake cigarettes that were misdeclared at the Manila port were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs on October 31

Tobacco giant lauds Thai court order on cigarette warnings

Aug 27, 2013 - 10:37 AM

The Thai Administrative Court Order suspends implementation of new packaging policy Philip Morris praises the move

Tobacco CSR thwarts ad ban, no-smoking laws

May 31, 2013 - 3:42 PM

The CSR budget of Philip Morris in the Philippines has not gone below US 1 million a year since 2008

Norway says no to Philip Morris displays, yes to health

Sep 15, 2012 - 12:17 PM

A Norwegian court ruled against Philip Morris and in favor of a public health measure to only display cigarettes in closed cases

'Cigarette smoking is a weapon of mass destruction'

Aug 15, 2012 - 8:52 AM

Marlboro is the deadliest consumer product known to man and Philip Morris is the marketer of the deadliest product known to man

Despite sin tax reforms, Philip Morris eyes to keep monopoly

Jun 14, 2012 - 7:01 PM

The company says it will do what it takes to keep a tight grip on the local cigarette market

Philip Morris sues Norway over tobacco display ban

Jun 04, 2012 - 11:52 PM

Philip Morris says Norway s ban on the display of cigarettes in stores breaks European competition rules

Why Mike Bloomberg loves this Pinoy group

Mar 23, 2012 - 6:24 PM

HealthJustice gets a grant from Mike Bloomberg to implement its tobacco control plans

Finance to Congress: Abolish rule favoring Philip Morris

Mar 15, 2012 - 4:32 PM

The Department of Finance is not letting up on criticizing the current sin tax law and its provisions that favor the joint venture of cigarette makers Philip Morris and Lucio Tan led Fortune Tobacco

'Why allow Philip Morris to monopolize Philippines?'

Mar 06, 2012 - 10:35 PM

Finance Secretary Cesar V Purisima says he has met with and listened to the concerns of the representatives of cigarette maker Philip Morris on the sin tax reforms

Strange bedfellows seek sin tax reform

Mar 05, 2012 - 9:14 PM

Unlikely political allies joined together to push for reforming the tax on tobacco and alcohol

UNLIKELY PARTNERS. Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson and Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares announce their support for reforming sin taxes. Photo by Katherine Visconti.

Group to Philip Morris: You flip-flopped!

Mar 01, 2012 - 8:52 PM

A non government group says Philip Morris which is opposing sin tax reforms now lobbied for a similar tax structure in 2003