IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2004
Contact: Corrie Prutspin, Senior VP of Corporate Communications
TO KILL PRAISES PHILIP MORRIS FOR
EXCELLENCE IN ART OF SELLING DEATH
CEO Rich Fromdeth Announces Tobacco Company's
Co-Sponsor the 2006 ASEAN Art Awards
Ayutthaya, Thailand - On the 10th Anniversary of the ASEAN Art
Awards, founded and sponsored by Philip Morris, the CEO of fellow
U.S. tobacco company Licensed to Kill, Inc praised its chief rival
for a "decade of delicious deceit."
no accident that Philip Morris is the #1 multinational Merchant
of Death in the world," said CEO Rich Fromdeth, "The
company is brilliant when it comes to finding innovative ways
to leverage political influence to its advantage -- its sponsorship
of the ASEAN Art Awards being a case in point."
it's quite masterful: fund a major regional art competition and
give the media a nice-sounding story about 'Art for Art's Sake.'
Then, use your sponsorship of the competition and the goodwill
it generates your company to gain access to senior government
officials in each ASEAN country and to develop strong relationships
at the ASEAN Secretariat. You just never know when these 'friends
in high places' could come in handy. Yes, 'Art for Profit's Sake'
is a delightfully devious strategy!"
Rich Fromdeth and other Licensed to Kill officials are in Thailand
this week to attend various ASEAN Art Awards events and to lend
Philip Morris support in defending their industry's right to use
art to cover up the 5 million lives it kills worldwide each and
every year - including 40,000+ in Thailand alone.
U.S. company, which is incorporated in the same U.S. state as
Philip Morris, intends to co-sponsor the next ASEAN Art Awards
reinvent the wheel, when we could just jump on the bandwagon?"
asked company director Jen O. Seid, "Philip Morris has raised
"influence leveraging" to a true art form with the ASEAN
Art Awards. Now it's time for other tobacco companies to similarly
expand their political palette."
truth is not enough women and children smoke in Southeast Asia,
and government policies that ban tobacco advertising, raise tobacco
taxes, prohibit smoking in public places, and mandate graphic
health warnings just make the situation worse," warns Virginia
Slime, Senior VP of Global Marketing, "Our industry needs
to do all it can to prevent the ratification and implementation
of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the region and
to promote the continued unhindered trade of our deadly products
among ASEAN countries."
An added plus for 2006 ASEAN Art Award winners: a lifetime supply
of Licensed to Kill's toxic line of cigarette brands, e.g. Global
Massacre, Throat Hole, and Dead Poor.
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!
For more information about Licensed to Kill visit www.licensedtokill.biz