It’s Time for a conversation. In many countries around the world, smokers are faced with only one choice – quitting or continuing to smoke. Quitting all together is always the best decision. But in any given year, a large population of existing adult smokers will continue smoking. What about them? Should they be left to continue smoking?
At PMI we don’t believe so. Science and technology have enabled the creation of better alternatives to continue smoking. Far from perfect. These products are not risk-free, their aerosol still contain harmful chemicals. They also contain nicotine, which is addictive. But they are a much better choice than continuing to smoke.
We think smokers should be permitted to learn about these smoke-free products that have the potential to help rid the world of smoke. But to be able to give smokers the information they need, we need the support of regulators, decision makers and healthcare professionals. We need to start that dialogue. Now our new 'It's Time' campaign aims to kick-start that conversation. It's one that should be led not by emotion, but by science.
Scientific innovation has been at the forefront of what we have been doing for many years, as we transform our company away from cigarettes. In 1997, some of our company's fiercest critics challenged us to produce less harmful products. We listened and accepted the challenge.
researching our smoke-free alternatives
from 40 different part of the world employed at PMI
peer-reviewed publications since 2008
It's taken hundreds of scientists, thousands of tests, and billions of dollars to invent products without cigarette smoke, but we have achieved this. Why? Because despite global efforts to encourage smokers to quit, nine out of 10 adult smokers continue to smoke every year. An ideological stance against all tobacco products means their only choice is to continue to smoke cigarettes, if they do not quit.
This binary choice isn't helping the people who need help and information the most. And the only outcome of this confusion is delay and sometimes denial of consumer access to life-changing products. Don't they deserve another option?
New smoke-free products don't burn tobacco and adult smokers can switch to them completely - and not return to cigarettes.
Smoke-free products contain nicotine and are not risk free. But the science shows they produce fewer chemicals than cigarettes and consequently are a better choice than continuing to smoke. Of course, this is a matter of scientific substantiation for each particular product.
We're not asking you to trust us. We share our science and data openly with the scientiﬁc and medical communities, and governments around the world, as well as online at PMI Science. We're asking you to look for yourselves at our findings and let common sense – supported by scientific facts and not ideological preconceptions – inform decision-making.
Adults who would otherwise continue smoking deserve access to these alternative products. They also deserve current information in order to make their own choices.
We can all agree the world will be a better place without smoke. At PMI, we are transforming our business away from cigarettes and have staked our future on becoming a smoke-free company. The question is how quickly we can become a smoke-free world. To achieve that, It's Time to start a conversation. We're here to talk. And we're ready to listen.
It’s Time is an Initiative from Philip Morris to Advocate for Change in Public Health. It’s Time to start a conversation. It’s Time for smoking alternatives.
It’s Time to look at the facts and listen to each other for the greater good of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers & society as a whole. It’s Time to Unsmoke.
Find out why we can’t talk about our smoke-free products and how we’re asking regulators to help change the world. It's Time to make a difference to 1.1 billion smokers.