Marketing is one of the defining strengths of PMI and its brands.
Tobacco marketing is subject to extensive restrictions, including outright bans, throughout the world. What many people don’t realize, however, is that our own standards are, in many places, higher than those of some governments.
Our marketing practices worldwide follow four core principles:
- We market and sell our products to adult smokers
- We warn consumers about the health effects of our products
- Our marketing is honest and accurate
- We respect the law
Here are a few examples of how these rules apply in our day-to-day marketing:
- We don’t use cartoons, youth-oriented celebrities, or models who are or appear to be under the age of 25
- We don’t advertise on the front or back cover of any print publications destined for general circulation
- We don’t engage in product placement in movies or on television – and we decline every request we receive
- We don’t place the names or logos of our cigarette brands on any promotional items likely to be used or seen by minors
All our marketing professionals, wherever they are in the world, must uphold these marketing practices at all times.
During 2019, we undertook a comprehensive assessment of our responsible commercial practices. We are now sharing our findings publicly here.