IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2005
Contact: Corrie Prutspin, Senior VP of Corporate Communications
DC COUNCILMEMBER GRAHAM:
STOP SPREAD OF CLEAN INDOOR AIR
Licensed to Kill Calls for 'More Smoke, Less
WASHINGTON, DC - Executives of the Virginia-based tobacco company
Licensed to Kill, Inc are in the nation's capitol today to lobby
DC city council member Jim Graham against supporting smokefree
workplace legislation. Graham (Ward 1), who has not yet made up
is mind how he will vote,
is holding a town hall forum on the legislation at the Lincoln
Theater this evening.
presume that Mr. Graham has been receiving considerable mail in
support of the legislation," said Licensed to Kill's Chairman
and CEO Rich Fromdeth, "but if he cares at all about the
health of the tobacco industry, he will take a stand for maintaining
the smoky status quo."
DC remains a critical east coast haven for tobacco smoke pollution,"
continued Fromdeth, "Practically the entire northeast has
become a smokefree zone -- Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and most recently Vermont . Even
nearby Montgomery county has banished the carcinogenic plumes
of our industry's poison puffs. This has got to stop! If DC stands
firm, perhaps the clean indoor air zone can be contained and prevented
from spreading further south."
restaurant and bar workers and patrons seem to have a bone to
pick about Class A (the deadliest!) carcinogens wafting in the
air," said Cora Prutspin, Licensed to Kill's Senior VP of
Corporate Communications, "The solution is really quite simple:
just don't breathe! Our research indicates it is possible to chow
down, guzzle drinks and not breathe far longer than commonly thought.
In fact, many of our own best customers have stopped breathing
who really cares if tobacco smoke pollution kills a few bartenders
and waiters? We're glad that Carol Schwartz doesn't," continued
Prutspin, "It's time that Council Member Graham stop teeter
tottering on the fence and accept that these deaths are merely
the unfortunate, but inevitable, collateral damage of the liberty
to pollute, er smoke free-ly, in workplaces."
our industry rival, Altria (parent company of Philip Morris) which
gave the Metropolitan Restaurant Association of Washington $10,000
for its awards ceremony last week, Licensed to Kill believes in
direct lobbying," said Virginia Slime, Senior VP of Marketing,
"That's why we're attending the forum today -- no third party
front groups for us!"
do we care so much? Bad air means good business for us. The more
workplaces where people can smoke, the more cigarettes sold, the
more money we make," said Slime, "Smokefree legislation
is spreading like wildfire across the country. We need to stub
it out - the legislation that is, NOT the cigarettes."
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