Number of Employees: Approximately 500
Welcome to Philip Morris Australia. Established in 1954 and based in Melbourne, Victoria, we were the first affiliate in the world to produce Philip Morris International brands outside of the United States.
As part of Philip Morris International’s review of its global manufacturing operations, Australian cigarette production was discontinued and transitioned to the company’s Korean affiliate in 2014. As a leading manufacturing affiliate, Korea is equally committed to maintaining and enhancing the quality of tobacco products manufactured for sale in Australia in line with Australian and international standards and regulations. Philip Morris Limited continues to be headquartered in Melbourne and maintains a strong ongoing commercial presence in Australia, employing more than 500 people across the country.
In 2015 our company was recognised by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an employer of choice for gender equality. This recognition was part of our commitment to being a great place to work that puts our employees at the centre of our business and develops world class talent.
As part of our commitment to contribute to the community, we partner with a number of charity organisations which offer assistance to underprivileged families and people affected by natural disasters or personal crises. One of our key partners is Habitat for Humanity (Victoria) which is building 25 new homes for families affected by the Black Saturday bushfire tragedy in 2009. To see more about this program, click HERE .
Philip Morris Australia is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues. Philip Morris Australia’s APC Action Plan is available HERE and our 2015 annual report is available HERE.
Smoking and Health
Tobacco products, including cigarettes, are dangerous and addictive. There is overwhelming medical and scientific evidence that smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and other serious diseases.
All tobacco products are addictive. It can be very difficult to quit smoking, but this should not deter smokers who want to quit from trying to do so.
Public health officials have concluded that secondhand smoke from cigarettes causes serious diseases in non-smokers, including lung cancer and heart disease. We believe the public health conclusions on secondhand smoke are sufficient to support smoking restrictions in public places.
Philip Morris International (PMI) supports comprehensive regulation of tobacco products based on the principle of harm reduction.
To be effective, tobacco regulatory policy must be evidence-based, apply to all tobacco products, and should take into account the views of all legitimate stakeholders including public health authorities, government finance authorities, tobacco manufacturers, and other members of the tobacco supply chain. Regulatory policy must consider the potential to trigger adverse consequences which undermine public health objectives, such as increasing the demand for illicit cigarettes.
While we support comprehensive, effective tobacco regulation, we do not support regulation that prevents adults from buying and using tobacco products or that imposes unnecessary impediments to the operation of the legitimate tobacco market. In that regard, we oppose measures such as generic packaging, point of sale display bans, total bans on communications to adult consumers, and bans on the use of all ingredients in tobacco products.