IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2003
Contact: Corrie Prutspin, email@example.com
Licensed to Kill Executives Call for
"More Trade, Less Health!"
U.S. Tobacco Company Praises FTAA Negotiators
For Treating Tobacco (Up to Now)
Just Like Any Other Commodity
FL - Licensed to Kill, Inc executives attending Free Trade Area
of the Americas (FTAA) Ministerial praised the countries of the
region today - especially the U.S. - for supporting the company's
expansion into Latin America.
love U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick," said Licensed
to Kill CEO and Chairman Rich Fromdeth, "This is a man who
truly looks out for us Merchants of Deaths."
to Kill's objective in Miami is to convince FTAA Delegates that
they should continue to treat tobacco products like any other
is really no different than milk, carrots, or tea - it just kills
a few more million people around the world annually, if consumed
as intended," said Licensed to Kill Director Gray Vastone,
"Indeed, tobacco is a commodity just like any other. It is
our corporate right, in a global free market economy, to sell
death if we choose."
company openly admits that the tobacco industry kills over one
million people annually in the Americas, and asks 'who really
cares?' " said Corrie Prutspin, Licensed to Kill's Senior
VP of Corporate Communications, "In our view, the lives and
lungs of people around the world are a small price to pay for
the freedom to conduct business as we please."
economic benefits of the tobacco trade go beyond our mega-billion
profits. Just think of all the money governments save on healthcare,
housing and pensions when smokers die early. Frankly, it's a quite
a burden on national budgets when citizens live long."
particular, our company is interested in targeting the children
and women in Latin America, who represent a huge untapped market
for us," said Virginia Slime, Senior VP of Global Marketing,
"The last thing we need is more unfair trade barriers, e.g.
bans on using misleading descriptors like 'Light' and 'Mild',
which infringe upon our trademark rights."
bottomline for our industry is that health concerns should not
take precedence over trade," said Fromdeth, "We applaud
trade representatives of the Americas for so far not excluding
tobacco products from the scope of the FTAA."
FTAA negotiators continue to support the tobacco industry, our
company may one day realize our dream of a cigarette in the mouth
of every man, woman, and child in the Americas."
week, Licensed to Kill will launch the Coalition to Treat Tobacco
Just Like Any Other Product, an astroturf (fake grassroots) group,
which will lobby on behalf of the tobacco industry's trade interests.
Licensed to Kill: Licensed to Kill, Inc is a real company. It
was incorporated in the U.S. state of Virginia in March 2003.
The purpose of the company, as stated in its articles of incorporation,
is "to manufacture and market tobacco products in a way that
each year kills over 400,000 Americans and 4.5 million other persons
worldwide." The company's slogan is: We're Rich, You're Dead!
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