in the business of tobacco. You could also say that we're in the
business of death. Each year, the tobacco industry kills 4.9 million
people around the world, including 400,000 in the U.S. Though
Licensed to Kill is a young company, we're also highly ambitious.
Eventually, we would like all those dying to have been our customers!
comprehend 4.9 million people? We'll help you. That's
560 people dying every hour or 13,400 people per day
to over thirty three 747 airplanes full of passengers crashing
all 4.9 million bodies were lined up head to toe they would
cover a distance of over 5,000 miles, which is equivalent to
the distance between New York City and Yakutzk, Russia.
in the U.S. account for only a small fraction of the global demand
for cigarettes. Due to the fanatical acts of U.S. public health
fundamentalists, who are seeking to curtail our rights to conduct
business as we please, the domestic market for the U.S. tobacco
industry may shrink in coming years. But never fear, abroad, business
to Kill recognizes the importance of the overseas market and has
plans to aggressively expand its operations worldwide. Take China,
a country of over a billion people -- just imagine if we were
able to hook the Chinese smokers - and those not yet smoking -
on our deadly line of cigarettes. Yup, you got it: jackpot!
future is certainly bright for our industry. 80,000 to 100,000
young people become addicted to tobacco every day. 250 million
children alive today will die due to tobacco. By 2030 the global
death toll will increase to over 10 million deaths every year.
70% of all tobacco deaths will occur in low-income countries,
countries that are easy to "buy off" and where tobacco
control groups have little or no financial resources at their
disposition. Yes, our future is bright indeed.
are proud to be bringing America's popular cigarette brands to
the people of the world. Outside of the U.S., these brands represent
the very essence of life, liberty, and opportunity. As former
Philip Morris CEO Geoffrey Bible said at the company's annual
shareholder's meeting in April 2002, with the fall of the communist
block, people in Eastern Europe now have the "freedom"
to smoke [American brands]. We couldn't have said it better.
globalization is here to stay, and the related globalization of
its human toll is simply an economic externality of the trade
- something that, luckily, our company doesn't have to concern
itself with. We've got more important things to focus on, like
getting our popular cigarette brand "Global Massacre"
to surpass Marlboro as "the cigarette sold most around the