On their harmful products
When asked the question, “What would you do with your manufacturing plant if scientists proved that cigarettes were a cause of cancer?” in 1997, Philip Morris CEO Geoffrey Bible answered, “Shut it [the manufacturing plant] down instantly.”
“If our product is harmful, we will stop making it.” Philip Morris Vice President James Bowling (1972).
George Weissman (Philip Morris VP) said, in 1954, that Philip Morris would “stop business tomorrow” if the company “had any thought or knowledge that in any way we were selling a product harmful to customers.”
Of course, as of 2017, Philip Morris/Altria continues to make huge profits from its addictive and harmful products.
On Adolescents and Teens
“Long after adolescent preoccupation with self-image has subsided, the cigarette will even preempt food in times of scarcity on the smoker’s priority list.” Smoker Psychology Research, 1969 presentation to Philip Morris Board of Directors
“Marlboro’s phenomenal growth rate in the past has been attributable in large part to our high market penetration among young smokers … 15 to 19 years old . . . my own data, which includes younger teenagers, shows even higher Marlboro market penetration among 15-17-year-olds.” Philip Morris researcher, 1975
“It is important to know as much as possible about teenage smoking patterns and attitudes. Today’s teenager is tomorrow’s potential regular customer and the overwhelming majority of smokers first begin to smoke while in their teens. . . . The smoking patterns of teenagers are particularly important to Philip Morris.” 1981 Philip Morris research report.
“Because of our high share of the market among the youngest smokers Philip Morris will suffer more than the other companies from the decline in the number of teenage smokers.” Philip Morris researcher, 1981