The chief executive of Philip Morris International, which makes Marlboro cigarettes overseas, has said his company will stop selling cigarettes in the UK within a decade.
CEO Jacek Olczak told the Daily Mail on Sunday that the move was part of the company’s goal to become “smoke-free” and to help end the The use of conventional cigarettes.
Olczak also called on the UK government to ban cigarettes within a decade, comparing them to gas-powered cars, which will be banned in the country from 2030, according to The Telegraph.
He said: “We can see the world without cigarettes. In fact, the earlier it happens, the better for everyone.. With the right regulation and information it could happen 10 years from now in some countries. “.
Philip Morris International is separate from American Philip Morris, which manufactures Marlboro cigarettes in the United States and is part of the American tobacco company Altria. It split from Philip Morris USA in 2008 and recently announced plans to switch to a smoke-free company, as well as its intention to buy British drugmaker Vectura Group, which makes inhalers for asthma patients.
In contrast, UK anti-smoking groups have criticized the move, accusing tobacco companies of trying to portray themselves as anti-smoking while still selling cigarette products.
According to the World Health Organization, smoking kills more than eight million people worldwide each year.