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We sell over 130 brands. Our cigarette portfolio is led by Marlboro, the world’s best-selling international cigarette. Marlboro is complemented in the premium-price category by Parliament and Virginia S. Our leading mid-price brands are L&M, Lark, Merit, Muratti, and Philip Morris. Other leading international brands include Bond Street, Chesterfield, Next, and Red & White.
We also own a number of important local cigarette brands, including Dji Sam Soe, Sampoerna A and Sampoerna U in Indonesia; Fortune and Jackpot in the Philippines; Belmont and Canadian Classics in Canada; and Delicados in Mexico.
In addition to our leading international and local cigarette brand portfolio, we’re also commercializing our smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes. These products do not burn tobacco, but have the nicotine and taste that can satisfy existing smokers.
Our products are sold in more than 175 markets. In many of these we hold the number-one or number-two position by market share.
Our portfolio of international and local brands is led by Marlboro, the world’s best-selling international cigarette.
In addition to our cigarette brand portfolio, we are also commercializing alternatives to cigarettes. Our smoke-free products do not burn tobacco, but have the nicotine and taste that can satisfy existing adult smokers. Our most advanced smoke-free product is the IQOS tobacco heating system.
Cigarettes are produced in factories around the world. The main steps involved are processing the tobacco leaf, manufacturing the actual cigarette, and packaging them.
We operate and own 39 production facilities and produce over 800 billion cigarettes each year.
Cigarettes are made from:
- Tobacco, selected according to specific blends and leaf grades to maintain the consistency and distinctive character of each brand
- Ingredients, added to many of PMI’s brands to keep the tobacco moist, aid the manufacturing process, replenish natural sugars lost during leaf curing, and contribute to each brand’s unique taste
- Nontobacco materials, such as paper or filters
The selection of the right tobacco blend is the first step in cigarette production. This blend is finely cut before it passes through a drying cylinder to reduce moisture. When the moisture is at an optimal level, the blend is ready for cigarette manufacturing.
This process begins by creating one long cigarette, called a “rod,” which is up to 7,000 meters long.
Machines slice this super-sized rod into shorter pieces, inserting filters at both ends. Each shorter rod is then cut in half, producing two filtered cigarettes.
To prepare the final pack, individual cigarettes are sorted into pack-sized groups and wrapped in foil to preserve their freshness.
The ingredients we add to many of our brands keep the tobacco moist, aid the manufacturing process, replenish natural sugars lost during leaf curing, and contribute to each brand’s unique taste. We do not add ingredients to make cigarettes addictive.
It’s the nicotine that makes cigarettes addictive. Nicotine exists naturally in tobacco, which is the main ingredient in our cigarettes.
Yes, smoking is harmful. Cigarette smoking causes serious disease and is addictive.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 6,000 chemicals or “smoke constituents.” Public-health authorities have classified approximately 100 of them as causes or potential causes of smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and emphysema.
However, alternatives to continued smoking exist, such as our portfolio of smoke-free products. They also provide nicotine which is addictive but represent a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue to smoke.
Yes, cigarettes are addictive. They contain nicotine, which is an addictive compound found naturally in tobacco leaves.
Although there are a variety of cigarette brands with different features available on the market, smokers should not assume that any of these features means that one cigarette is less addictive or less harmful than others.
However, alternatives to continued smoking exist. PMI has a portfolio of smoke-free products. They also provide nicotine which is addictive, but represent a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking.