“Phillip Morris, the world’s biggest cigarette producer, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization bandwagon and start producing marijuana cigarettes. To be marketed under the brand ‘Marlboro M,’ it will be made available for sale through marijuana licensed outlets in the state of Colorado, and Washington when it becomes commercially legal later this year.”

What really should have tipped readers off to the fraud, however, was the following paragraph, where the author claimed that Serafin Norcik (fictional VP of Marketing for Phillip Morris) was turning to drug lords for assistance

“Norcik added that they have begun contacting former drug lords in Mexico and Paraguay, currently the largest marijuana producing countries in the world, for the possibility of setting up a distribution ring across the North and South American continents, to streamline the supply lines.”

According to Snopes, this isn’t the first time that Marlboro has been considering an entry into the drug world. In fact, this has been going on for over 50 years

“At least as far back as the 1960s, rumors have circulated that major tobacco companies were preparing to enter the marijuana cigarette market in anticipation of the imminent legalization of pot in the U.S., buying up marijuana fields in Mexico, designing new cigarette packages, and trademarking potential brand names such as ‘Panama Red’ and ‘Acapulco Gold.'”

What do you think about the hoax? Did they fool you? Should a major cigarette producer enter the drug game?

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  1. Pete

    Well when I did smoke I’ve noticed that Canadian ciggarettes were different then those in the US. The Canadian brands seemed to be a lot smaller (shorter and thiner) in comparrison to US brands, however their packages contained more (25 compared to 20). So if you are just analysizing the butts of the cigarrettes you may not be getting an accurate reading of toxins because the people in Canada generally could be just smoking more (as in their 25 packs). I don’t know if they looked at that or not or compared an entire smoked pack of butts and calculated a total amount per pack. But that is one thing that didn’t seem to be looked at in this study.

    Anyways, I’ve been smoke free for 2 years now and happy I quit…

    June 2, 2010 at 16 16 Report abuse Reply

  2. Eric

    People have a right to choose whether they want to smoke or not. There should be no government agency dictating whether or not we can do something. I don’t smoke cigarettes anymore but I find it abhorrent to think that anyone would condone the government taking away someones choice as to what they want to do. See how well it’s worked with other drugs.

    June 2, 2010 at 16 16 Report abuse Reply

  3. Yve

    As a long term smoker who fell victim to tobacco companies giving out sample cigarettes to children, I’ve noticed the recent change in the way cigarettes taste and smell and how they immediately affect my health.
    It seems since tobacco companies were mandated by law to include chemicals in the cigarettes to make them fire compliant, they’ve become even deadlier. Because cigarettes have been known to cause cancer and other illness and people are assumed to just quit, does that give the okay to add more deadly chemicals without due regard? Maybe the US is trying to reduce the population and at the same time make money.
    I agree with AC below, why are they even allowed to sell them legally if they cause so many problems.
    Since I enjoy smoking (not the crap they’re selling here) I think I will try to get cigarettes from overseas.
    Thanks for bringing attention to this issue!

    June 2, 2010 at 16 23 Report abuse Reply

  4. John

    Anyone that believes the propoganda put out by tobaccofreekids is truly an idiot.

    June 2, 2010 at 16 25 Report abuse Reply

  5. Wzrd1

    Thanks for the first comment from the Christian Temperance Union. A small minority that caused more trouble than they were worth, but got us income tax, since alcohol was banned, which was the primary source of government funding.

    As for tobacco… I’m a smoker, have been for 30 years. I’ve been stationed overseas for a few years supporting the war effort and I’ve noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference between cigarettes at home and abroad.
    OUR cigarettes are FAR harsher on the throat and have a chemical taste that I never noticed until I returned.
    I wonder WHY Canadian tobacco doesn’t have the same problem? Oh yeah, they regulate the content of the consumer products, whether it is food, alcohol or tobacco. They don’t judge the consumer as being less worthy of protection, they take care of their citizens.
    The US takes care of the lobbiests.

    June 2, 2010 at 16 32 Report abuse Reply

  6. John

    Quote &#034 The government has no right to tell a PRIVATE business owner they cant allow smoking just because Non smokers are to lazy to take responsibility for themselves and not enter a smoking establishment.&#034

    What a pile of self centered crap.

    June 2, 2010 at 16 36 Report abuse Reply

  7. Dawn

    If you want to continue using nicotine or comfortably cut down gradually, electronic cigarettes are the way to go. I smoked almost 2 packs a day for 23 years and quit smoking completely the first day I got my e cigarette. Cigarettes have over 6000 TSNA’s per cigarette and and equal amount of e liquid has (according to the FDA’s report) about 9, which is the same amount as pharmaceutical NRT’s . Nicotine on it’s own is no more dangerous than caffeine is, and has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of some diseases, but until now there has been no way to use it without horrible health dangers. Thankfully, I have found something that allowed me to quit smoking when no other method worked for me. For more info on electronic cigarettes check out They haven’t been proven to be totally safe, but are much safer than cigarettes. I have 4 times the lung capacity I had while smoking, no longer smell nasty, and feel better than I have in my adult life since I switched.

    June 2, 2010 at 16 49 Report abuse Reply

  8. craig

    Thank You for Smoking (2005). A Stout goes nicely with it. I use to smoke, I loved the Major’s. I’d get when I was in Ireland drinking way too much. The locals would ask me for a smoke thinking I had a Marlboro LIght. When they saw the Major’s they said &#034 ahh no, killed me pa&#034 Drinking too much is bad. Smoking at all is bad. I decided to quit smoking, it wasn’t easy, but, what is. Like many have said, we’re all dying anyway, but, why do it with some of those nasty cancers more than likely linked to smoking. It’s 5 12, I’m going to go have a beer.

    June 2, 2010 at 17 13 Report abuse Reply

  9. Lou

    I’m not a smoker, but I do believe in freedom, as long as one’s behavior doesn’t impinge on another’s freedoms. So, the article is simply informing everyone that U.S. cigarettes are stronger in carcinogens than in other countries. That would seem to be at least somewhat important to know. It may influence some, who are concerned about their health, to stop smoking. If, on the other hand, you choose to smoke, I think it is your right. Simply pick a safe place where you are not smoking near people who would rather not have smoke blown in their face, and please keep it away from the kids!
    And, finally, it is true that there are many types of substances that are a detriment to one’s health. We all know that.

    June 2, 2010 at 17 23 Report abuse Reply

  10. Perry

    I found it interesting as I read this article that the group doing the study forgot to include how each of these brands is processed. Here in the states tobacco is 1st leached of all chemicals.(this includes nicotine & tar) This brew,called mother’s liquor, is then stored in big vats where other ingredients are added later. Once the tobacco has been dried from this process and shredded or grated into the desired size, this concoction is then added back into the tobacco by a soak bath. Most people don’t realize that manufacturers are allowed a certain amount of &#034 floor sweepings&#034 in each batch or that &#034 stale&#034 or old tobacco is up 50% of each cigarette. These all have a factor in chemical levels in the product. Most tobacco producing countries do not use this method due to tradition or regulation.

    June 2, 2010 at 18 02 Report abuse Reply

  11. Lisa

    Dan had a good question that seems to be ignored. What do the substances listed in cigarettes (especially, US cigarettes) do to the human body?

    June 2, 2010 at 18 03 Report abuse Reply

  12. T bone

    Dan ,
    If I open a beer and take a drink , I don’t force that beer down everybody’s throat around me you fire up a smoke EVERYBODY is forced to partake of the exhaust . Kids are especially at risk . Cigarettes are the only product that kills over half of the people using it . But like most smokers , you don’t want to hear about all the
    bad aspects of your addiction , which are many . Besides , the article IS about smoking , not beer . So , feel free to extoll the virtue’s of smoking !

    June 2, 2010 at 18 16 Report abuse Reply

  13. GM

    As a tobacco control scientist (and a recovering smoker who struggles with this addiction every day) I would like to address a few issues that have been overlooked
    1) Secondary smoke is undoubtedly harmful (most recently noted to increase cardiovascular risks) however, recent research has begun to explore the effects of tertiary smoke. In fact, a recent study concluded that tobacco related carcinogens have been found in children (from non smoking environments) who were exposed to tertiary smoke (industrial building converted to school). This means, exposure could occur for sometime in &#034 shared spaces&#034 (i.e., apartments, hotels, ).
    2) Weston There is no research on the efficacy of e cigarettes in terms of quitting, nor the safety of them. The National Institutes of Health and CDC are currently exploring this issue.
    3) Cigarette smoke has negative effects on every organ in the human body. I would caution others who get hung up on the issue of lung cancer. It has been linked to bladder, esophageal, leukemia, cervical, pancreatic, kidney, stomach, others.
    4) Tobacco related deaths account for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the US each year. Many of these disease states fall in the areas of cancers, respiratory and cardiovascular all of which are extraordinarily costly to treat. Cigarette smoking, much like the current obesity epidemic is a significant burden on our health care system for which we all pay.
    5) A &#034 safe cigarette&#034 is the absence of any. Should we strip all of the carcinogens linked to the various cancers, the nicotine (why smokers become addicted) would remain thus increasing cardiovascular risks of smokers as well as bystanders.
    6) For those who believe cigarettes should be banned, I am confident we (&#034 tobacco controllers&#034 ) will do so. Tobacco companies are focusing energy elsewhere (developing nations) to continue sales while concurrently partnering with pharmaceutical companies to develop alternatives to cigarettes (tobacco pellets, e cigarettes and the like). Recently, I had a conversation with the Director of R&D from Atria (formerly Philip Morris) who has been charged with developing alternative products as the company is anticipating a full ban on cigarettes within the next 15 20 years.

    June 2, 2010 at 19 10 Report abuse Reply

  14. Crux

    So CDC used smokers from five cities in a few select countries, called it a study, and determined it was worthwhile to publish? I am not a smoker but have sampled smokes from around the world in my travels and this article is way off base IMO. Cigarettes I have tried in Asia and some parts of Europe are much harsher than the ones in the States.

    June 2, 2010 at 19 50 Report abuse Reply

  15. RSweeney

    Yet the illness and death rates from smoking ANY of these products is essentially the same in all these nations and smoker populations.

    Why no mention that it appears that 300% increase (or decrease) of TSNA’s has no impact on disease?

    It would appear that TSNA’s are NOT the major issue driving disease.

    June 2, 2010 at 20 04 Report abuse Reply

  16. John

    A few of you mentioned the electronic cigarettes. For the record, they are not all created &#034 equal&#034 . Just like we have problems with quality and safety from other items from China, the e cigs are no exception. The inferior ones are setting a bad rep for the product.

    Overall, they are still the safest way to smoke. You get nicotine without the 4000 hazardous chemicals from burning tobacco. They are a green product, being they don’t produce a ton of cigarette butts and the battery is rechargable hundreds of times. They also cost tons less than real tobacco. A win win for the consumer.

    The real politics come in with the FDA and Treasury Departments. While they want everyone to quit smoking, they don’t want to loose the tax revenue on tobacco. Thus the reason why they keep raising taxes on tobacco products on the smaller and smaller population of smokers. When that runs out, all the do gooders will have their coffee or fast food taxed because someone has to fund the government.

    With consumers switching to the inexpensive VaporCigarettes, the FDA started blocking the imports, stating that it contains nicotine (a drug) and they don’t know the health effects of inhaling nicotine. Strange, that is whats in every real cigarette plus a ton of other chemicals. The real truth is they don’t want a product on the market that is going to take away tax revenue. You can buy gum or nicotine patches over the counter in any drug store, even some gas stations. Funny how e cigs are being treated differently when it delivers the same drug (nicotine) in the same fashion (smoke/vaporized) as a real cigarette.

    Just a few weeks ago the state of Utah banned the sale and use of electronic cigarettes. Any bets that NY or CA will follow next?

    They should do a study on e cigarettes versus real cigarettes. Oh wait, that would put egg on their face.

    June 3, 2010 at 11 08 Report abuse Reply

  17. Allan

    The near extinction of pelicans by DDT, Bis phenols and impaired male sexual development, cigarettes and cancer are clear indications that chemicals have harmful biological effects on humans. Animals have basically the same genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that human animals have. Chemicals can act to modify the function of our genes and therefore our current health and the phenotype of future generations. To ignore animal research on the harmful effects of chemicals and call it inconclusive is insane. We can never do the perfect experiment on humans, that is with some subjects exposed and some not exposed (controls). Industry will drag their feet while we wait for information that is &#034 conclusive&#034 but near impossible to acquire. We must rely on legitimate animal studies now and begin to limit the spewing of chemicals into our kids bodies. A doomsday scenario can be conjured … the mass extinction of life on earth due to genetically lethal chemical pollution of the Earth.

    June 5, 2010 at 11 23 Report abuse Reply

  18. Michelle

    Thank you Dan I’ve been saying same for years about booze and couldn’t care if this report didn’t mention booze,it should have .
    IS WAY WORSE than 2nd hand posion from smkoing wake up thing doing the damge is booze and big time the pollution from the some moron abuses me,I have a right to my opinion.

    June 6, 2010 at 07 40 Report abuse Reply

  19. PH True blue

    For those who are nicotine free now or are in the process of quitting (cigarette, e cigarette, candy like nicotine, etc.), what a wise decision!
    You probably won’t exchange it for a nobel price.

    Being a non smoker not only reduce the risk of lung cancer, it actually has many other health benefits including reduced risks in cardiovascular diseases, diabetes complication, …, etc. The best bet is that you already lengthen your life expectancy, provided…

    … provided you don’t drink irresponsibly, never DUI, take precaution to avoid any exposures that may cause HIV/AIDS, lucky not to contract any serious acute infectious disease, exercise regularly, eat right, and etc.

    Statistics tells people tend to have the mentality yes smoking is bad, diseases can happen, but … it is never going to happen to me. You bet! Oh well, just hope that eveyone is doing their part to have a fairly decent life style, otherwise they better cross their fingers and wish their ancesters have passed excellent healthy (disease protective) genes onto them! It is almost like the chance of winning
    a lottery!

    June 12, 2010 at 21 22 Report abuse Reply

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    March 1, 2012 at 14 58 Report abuse Reply

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