would the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission
give permission to a corporation like yours to exist??!
That's really a question to pose the Virginia
SCC, not our company. You can do so, by calling 1-804-371-9733.
the issues around killing and products that kill, why aren't you
diversifying into other areas?
We know that some people are opposed to products that kill people.
However, we are a company that was incorporated for the explicit
purpose of manufacturing and marketing tobacco products in a way
that kills over 4.9 million people worldwide annually. Of course,
we could abandon this corporate vision, but why? Many people (especially
politicians) around the world believe that corporations should
be allowed to make a profit killing people. Plus, what would we
diversify into? Twinkies? They haven't got any nicotine!
if the government passed laws requiring companies to pay for the
damage done by their products, in the course of being used as
If that happens, then we may have to get out of the business.
It simply wouldn't be profitable for us to foot the medical bills
of all our customers. But we don't foresee the government cracking
down on corporations like us any time soon. We've sent a strong
message to governments around the world that they can either be
"with us, or against us" -- and if they're against us,
they can kiss their political contributions good-bye.
there a future for killing?
This question tends to be asked by people living in the United
States who have noticed that the tobacco industry is having some
difficulties "expanding its market" in this country.
But abroad, it is quite another story. Our company has plans to
expand aggressively in other countries, especially poorer ones
that have little money to counter our slick marketing campaigns.
Licensed to Kill, Inc concerned that the Framework Convention
on Tobacco Control might thwart the company's ambitious plans
for global expansion?
It's true that if the current draft text of the treaty is adopted
by the World Health Assembly in May, it will be much harder for
our company to realize our dream of a Global
Massacre, L2K, and WOMD in the mouth of every child, woman,
and man around the world (and their precious money in our pocket).
One of the most concerning provisions in the draft text is a ban
on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, which will
eliminate one of our most effective avenues for hooking kids to
our addictive product line. Our company is counting on tobacco
industry allies within the U.S. government to thwart the adoption
of the FCTC, and further our quest for ever-increasing profits
at the expense of global public health.