March 27, 2008: Bloomberg: Altria Dims as Overseas Spinoff Gets Marlboro Growth
April 26-27, 2006: Over 100 groups in 50 countries worldwide made nine demands of Altria/Philip Morris International to ensure that the separation of Philip Morris International and Philip Morris USA does not worsen the global tobacco epidemic.
At rallies in front of Altria's New York City headquarters and outside Altria's 2006 shareholder meeting in East Hanover, New Jersey, youth advocates from around the U.S. and world called on Altria/Philip Morris International to "Give the World a Break!"* Read more
During the Q &
A portion of the 2006 Altria shareholder meeting in East Hanover, New
Jersey, Lauren Baisden, a youth with Wisconsin's FACT movement, addressed
Altria CEO Louis Camilleri. She made a statement on behalf of the youth
inside and outside the meeting and the over 100 groups around the world
who had signed on to the list of demands of the company. Read
the statement & CEO Louis Camilleri's response
February 1, 2007: Essential Action faxed a letter to Altria CEO Louis Camilleri, giving him an opportunity to reconsider his answer and provide a more formal response to the nine demands. Read the letter: html, pdf
February 23, 2007: Even Hurwitz, Philip Morris International's Senior VP Corporate Affairs, faxed a response to Essential Action. Read the letter (pdf)
April 15, 2007: Call to governments worldwide to take action to prevent an independent PMI from worsening the global tobacco epidemic is circulated for sign on.
April 19, 2007: Even Hurwitz faxed a second response to Essential Action. Read the letter (pdf)
During the Q & A portion of the 2007 Altria Shareholder Meeting in East Hanover, New Jersey, Anna White of Essential Action made a statement regarding the call. Read the statement & CEO Louis Camilleri's response
Over 100 youth inside and outside the Altria meeting symbolically "quarantined" the company to prevent the further spread of the toxic pandemic. The next day they continued their demonstration in front of Altria's New York City headquarters. Click here for photos and more information
January 29, 2008:
January 30, 2008:
Altria announces exact timing of Philip Morris International spin-off
March 28, 2008: Philip Morris International spin-off
* A "break" from: tobacco advertising & misleading descriptors like "light" & "mild"; lobbying on Framework Convention on Tobacco Control implementation; lobbying against 100% smokefree places; invoking trade agreements to challenge tobacco control legislation; tobacco smuggling; secrecy about advertising expenditures; secrecy about political contributions & lobbying costs; bogus "youth smoking prevention" programs; smoking & tobacco produce placement in movies and other media.