Cigarettes kill more than half of the people who use the product as intended by the manufacturer. More than 16 million people alive today in the USA has an illness caused by smoking, and about ½ million Americans die each year from smoking caused illnesses. Cigarette companies have for years fought any attempt to be assessed liability for marketing their deadly product, and instead have lied and deceived their customers regarding the health problems caused by cigarettes. New Limits Set Over Marketing for Cigarettes - The New York Times .
Given that history, it is awfully ironic that the CEO of Phillip Morris International CEO stated that he foresees the end of cigarette sales in 10 or 15 years, if the tobacco industry can get the help of regulators, Philip Morris Says Cigarettes May Start Disappearing in a Decade. Unbelievable!
If Philip Morris wants a future without cigarettes, they could make that happen. Tobacco companies could immediately support plain packaging and graphic health warnings. They could drop all legal actions currently being fought against state or national public health measures; if they wanted to see an end to cigarettes. Or, they could just stop selling their deadly product.