PMI: Taking Bold Action for Global Change: a Conversation on Tobacco Today and Transformation for Tomorrow
During the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit, taking place in September 24 & 25 in New York, André Calantzopoulos, CEO of Philip Morris International, delivered a speech highlighting the need to have a dialogue between the industry, leaders, policy-makers, scientists, medical, and public health professionals in order to provide the 1.1 billion people who smoke with better alternatives to cigarettes.
The Concordia Annual Summit, which coincides with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, convenes the world’s most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders to foster dialogue and enable effective partnerships for positive social impact.
The remarks by André Calantzopoulos follow:
“I'm the Chief Executive Officer of a tobacco company. I’m here today because, as global leaders come together in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, this is the time and place to discuss today's problems and their potential solutions.
“Smoking tobacco is a behavioral risk factor for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). According to the WHO, 40 million people die each year from NCDs. And tobacco smoking accounts for 7.2 million of those deaths. Public health experts project that the global burden of smoking-related disease will continue to increase in the future.
“This week is about different sectors coming together to take bold action for global progress. That's why PMI is here. We are asking global leaders to enter into an honest, transparent dialogue with us. We are radically transforming our company to deliver a future without cigarettes. We have a duty to help create a better world for the more than 1 billion men and women who smoke today. We are committed to these people—and to the people who care about them. Their access to better choices means a better life for them and a better future for the sustainability of our planet, our economies and our communities.
“Our vision for a smoke-free future, which means a future without cigarettes, is one that many share. This is why PMI is pioneering in the smoke-free category — to deliver a world without cigarettes. Our ambition is to convince all adult smokers who might otherwise continue smoking cigarettes to switch to smoke-free products, which are a much better alternative for them.
“Yes, in an ideal world, all smokers should quit tobacco and nicotine consumption altogether. We fully agree with this. This is the lowest-risk scenario compared with cigarette smoking. But we don't live in a world where this can or will happen automatically—or anytime soon.
“Even with increasing prevention and cessation efforts, there are still more than 1 billion people who currently smoke cigarettes. And according to the WHO, there will still be more than a billion people who choose to smoke in 2025.
“These people are your constituents, your customers, and perhaps, your friends and family. This is reality. It must be met with an ambitious effort to offer these people help by making less harmful products available: allowing them to make better and informed choices.
“We know smoking tobacco causes disease. We also know that while not risk free, tobacco and nicotine are not the primary cause of smoking-related NCDs. In fact, the primary cause is the act of burning tobacco and inhaling the smoke.
“Science, innovation and technology have allowed the development of a new category of products that don't involve combustion or smoke. Their aerosol contains a small fraction of the toxicants that appear in cigarette smoke. You may know these alternatives as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
“We spent years to develop and scientifically assess the risk reduction potential of such products compared with cigarette smoking. Every single pre-clinical and clinical study we've conducted confirm their potential to have a significant, positive impact on public health.
“And there's a growing body of independent studies, including from government laboratories, that points towards the same conclusions.
“Of course, there are skeptics who point to the past and express doubts about our sincerity and our science. I can't change the past. My focus is on changing the future. Can you imagine the criticism I would face if years from now, it was discovered that we had better options for people that smoke but left them in the laboratory?
“There’s growing recognition, in several countries like the U.K. and the U.S., that innovative smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than continued smoking. These countries view them as an important tool to complement public health policies focused on prevention and cessation.
“To be clear, I'm not saying that smoke-free products are safe or a perfect solution. I am saying that switching to scientifically substantiated alternatives is a better choice than continuing to smoke. Many smokers around the world recognize that these innovations work for them. Adoption rates point to a promising future.
“There is every reason to be optimistic that these alternatives are a viable and additional path to help reduce the harm caused by smoking — a path that complements regulatory restrictions on cigarettes.
“I’m aware of the criticisms around our motivations. But I’m asking you to look at the science and listen to the voices of men and women who smoke. We've invested billions of dollars in research, development, and scientific assessment of smoke-free products. The results are published and available for review. In just three years, we've made these products available to adult smokers in 40 countries.
“Nearly 6 million men and women have already stopped smoking and switched to our heated tobacco product.
“Now we need to come together and discuss what society can and should do next. In my view we need to evaluate not whether the world’s billion smokers should have access to better alternatives to cigarettes, but how. How can we implement the right regulatory framework to maximize switching to better products while minimizing any unintended public health consequences?
“Let me be clear. The best choice is never to start using a tobacco or nicotine product at all. And PMI fully supports policies to prevent young people from initiating the use of any nicotine-containing product.
“We're committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Clearly, the greatest contribution we can make to society is to replace cigarettes with less harmful alternatives.
“True change and development requires partnerships—this is one of the UN's stated goals. Just as other sectors have brought their best ideas for solutions and innovations, so have we. We've listened to the call from the UN and global leaders to leverage technology in order to drive progress. In every other sector, when better options emerge, everyone works together to make them available as quickly as possible.
“However in my sector, society is both polarized and paralyzed. We urgently need an open dialogue. We are ready and willing to talk with people across all sectors and of all points of view, including those who disagree with us. My ask is for everyone here today to carefully consider the role that smoke-free alternatives can play in achieving global health goals.
“Today, better options are available for men and women who smoke. For these billion people, it's our responsibility to ensure this moment of transformation does not pass them by.
“We know we can't achieve this alone. We need the voices of you and people like you, to be part of the conversation about how we can realize the promise of better options for people who smoke.”
Philip Morris International: Who We Are
We are a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States of America. We’re building our future on smoke-free products that are a much better consumer choice than continuing to smoke cigarettes. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the art facilities and scientific substantiation, we aim to ensure that our smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. Our vision is that these products ultimately replace cigarettes to the benefit of adult smokers, society, our company and our shareholders. For more information, see www.pmi.com and www.pmiscience.com.
Philip Morris International media office
T: +41 (0)58 242 4500
Om Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Følg saker fra Business Wire
Registrer deg med din epostadresse under for å få de nyeste sakene fra Business Wire på epost fortløpende. Du kan melde deg av når som helst.
Siste saker fra Business Wire
C3.ai Named a Leader in Worldwide Industrial IoT Platforms for Energy by IDC MarketScape20.6.2019 21:16:00 CEST | Pressemelding
C3.ai, a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation, today announced it has been named a leader in IIoT platforms within the energy sector according to the IDC Marketscape: Worldwide Industrial IoT Platforms in Energy 2019 Vendor Assessment (IDC #US45116919, June 2019). C3.ai delivers a software suite for rapidly developing, deploying, and operating large scale AI, predictive analytics, and IoT applications for any enterprise value chain in any industry, with a focus on industrial organizations. C3.ai software enables leading organizations to rapidly design, develop, deploy, and operate enterprise-scale AI, predictive analytics, and IoT applications. C3.ai’s growing list of customers includes 3M, Shell, Enel, New York Power Authority, the United States Air Force, Con Edison, and ENGIE. The IDC MarketScape cited customer feedback that “C3 enables customers to build models and deploy applications in less time with limited risk. These tools have enable
Hologic Enters into Exclusive Negotiations to Acquire SuperSonic Imagine, French Ultrasound Innovator20.6.2019 20:01:00 CEST | Pressemelding
Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX), a global leader in women’s health, announced today that it has made a binding offer to acquire (directly or through an affiliate) SuperSonic Imagine (Euronext: SSI, FR0010526814), a France-based innovator in cart-based ultrasound products, and that it has entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement with the company and its main shareholders toward that end. “Like our previous acquisitions of Faxitron and Focal, acquiring SuperSonic Imagine will strengthen our strategy to provide comprehensive screening, interventional and surgical solutions across the continuum of breast health care,” said Pete Valenti, Hologic’s Division President, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions. “Ultrasound is becoming increasingly important in diagnosing breast cancer, and we believe SuperSonic Imagine offers superior technology that translates into better clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients, as well as for patients with liver and prostate disease.” Under the terms of
Digital Transformation Gets Bigger, Better, Bolder at LiveWorx’1920.6.2019 17:54:00 CEST | Pressemelding
A record crowd gathered in Boston last week for the annual LiveWorx® digital transformation event, where attendees explored how digital transformation is becoming a reality for an ever-increasing number of manufacturing companies around the world. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190620005610/en/ The annual LiveWorx event brought together more than 6,400 of the industry’s greatest minds from more than 40 countries (with approximately 7,000 more live-streaming the event) with content spanning disruptive technologies including AR, IIoT, Industry 4.0 and more. LiveWorx 2020 will take place between June 8-11 in Boston's Innovation District. The event brought together more than 6,400 of the industry’s greatest minds from more than 40 countries (with approximately 7,000 more live-streaming the event) for four days of interactive workshops, facilitated industry networking, cutting-edge demos featuring the latest enter
INSERTING and REPLACING Arch Capital Group Names Seamus Fearon EVP, Credit Risk Transfer and Services, Global Mortgage Group20.6.2019 16:47:00 CEST | Pressemelding
Insert at end of first sentence of release: subject to regulatory approval. The corrected release reads: ARCH CAPITAL GROUP NAMES SEAMUS FEARON EVP, CREDIT RISK TRANSFER AND SERVICES, GLOBAL MORTGAGE GROUP Arch Capital Group Ltd. (Arch) today announced that Seamus Fearon has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Credit Risk Transfer and Services, Global Mortgage Group, subject to regulatory approval. In this role, Fearon will have responsibility for managing Arch’s credit risk transfer (CRT) business and growing its credit risk services offerings. He most recently was Chief Actuary of Arch’s Global Mortgage Group, where he oversaw its capital management framework and the development of its analytics and modeling capabilities. This newly created role highlights Arch’s focus on participating in credit risk transfer programs and supporting customers who would like to enter that growing market. “As the mortgage insurance market in the U.S. becomes even more competitive, it’s important
The “Centre Hospitalier de la Côte Basque” in France Has Started the Evaluation of the Biolog-id’s C-LOG® Solution20.6.2019 15:35:00 CEST | Pressemelding
The Centre Hospitalier de la Côte Basque (CHCB) in Bayonne has been using Biolog-id's C-LOG® solution since early April 2019. This solution secures and optimizes the circuit of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, from their preparation all the way to the administration to the patient. The C-LOG® solution has been used at the CHCB. "During the last HAS audit, a lack of traceability was revealed in the chemotherapy circuit. In order to close this gap, we decided to install the C-LOG® solution which, in addition to securing the administration to the patient's bed, makes it possible to trace the preparation circuit from the pharmacy to the reception in the nurses station," says Dr. Burtin, Pharmacist at CHCB. The solution will be tested for evaluation for 3 months before final adoption. "The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology is the foundation of our solution. The tag affixed on each preparation contains the product and patient data. This information is updated in real-time and c
CSC Announces Cyber Security Findings for the Media Industry20.6.2019 15:00:00 CEST | Pressemelding
Securing a company’s digital infrastructure has become a major concern to corporations worldwide. With leading security companies and other organizations alerting corporations and the public to recent widespread, state-sponsored domain name system (DNS) hijacking, more and more brands are starting to take action. CSC has been issuing Cyber Security Reports since 2017, culling the most important information about security risks, and in particular, risks to brands that are not mitigated by a traditional firewall. The recent research conducted by CSC focuses on the media industry, revealing that 78% of global media brands use a corporate domain registrar, yet only 37% of those have a registrar lock to protect their DNS from hijacking. Recent domain hijacking, unauthorized changes, and deletion of vital domains have shown that effectively managing domain names and DNS must become a critical component for enhancing the security posture of any company with an online presence. More worrisome