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the World is Saying re:
"Phillip Morris (Altria):
"The name of Philip"Altria" Morris will live on in infamy
with those of other agents of mass murder -- none of which comes close
to Altria's body count."
"The name change from Philip Morris to Altria may try to introduce
a new image, but they cannot erase the harm they have caused over the
past years - especially in our urban communities. It's like covering up
a foul smell with perfume. It smells good for the moment, but the foul
smell always resurface, just like the foul practices that Philip Morris
has practiced over the years."
"Phillips Morris changing its name to a softer sounding name as
"ALTRIA" doesn't change the fact that it carries prime responsible
for Big Tobacco's global massacre. Just as "A Leopard cannot change
its spots," Phillip Morris cannot change its murderous trends and
"shots." What deception!!! Truth will eventually win!!"
"What's in a name? Philip Morris is banking on the name Altria to
clean up their image. Somehow the truth always has a way of coming through,
even in the biggest lies. Look carefully at ALTRIA and you will see LIAR,
TAR, RAT (as in rat poisoning), AIL(ment), and TRIAL."
"My opinion on Philip Morris changing its name to Altria is that
it won't do them as much good as they are hoping. People will still know
that they are and who they started out as, and we will do our best as
Target Market to stop them from getting away with cleaning the slate."
"Philip Morris is trying to make its image BETTER by changing their
name. The company wants to pretend that they are good people, when they
go around killing people each day. The word altria means to "reach
higher" [in Latin]. Does that mean reach higher in killing more people
around the world?
"Philip Morris has created a company giant over the years saying
that they have done wonderful things for the world including: feeding
the hungry and providing youth smoking prevention programs. They have
designed these programs to give themselves a better image and to cover
up for all of the lies and horrible things that they are responsible for.
By changing the name they are just making another attempt to hide their
horrible history and to increase profit."
"I think that Philip Morris changed their name because we are doing
too good of a job. They know that we exist and that Truth exists. They
aren't stupid, they know that if we get enough people aware, people will
turn against them. They think that if they change their name people won't
get their minds changed. Philip Morris doesn't realize how wrong they
"So April 25th is the big day. Personally, I view Philip Morris's
name-change to Altria as a cry for help. By word-of-mouth, Philip Morris
has become synonymous with the words brainwasher, liar, cheater, and a
lot of other words I probably shouldn't mention. So why would a name-change
solve the problem? By now it should be obvious that no matter what the
name is, people talk. Pretty soon people all over the world will be talking
about Altria, a.k.a. Philip Morris. Not only does Philip Morris go along
with all those other words, but it won't be long until Philip Morris and
Altria are seen as the same thing. We just need to get the word out -
people listen. Just because the new name comes with a clean slate doesn't
mean it will stay that way. Until the motives change, a new name or a
new CEO aren't going to change a thing!"
"Philip Morris: Hi, it's us, Target Market teens, you know enemy
#1, just wanted to get
"I think that Philip Morris' changing its name to Altria makes the
tobacco executives feel like maybe they'll be able to start over... with
a death count of 0. Well... they're wrong!"
"Philip Morris has stated that the name comes from a Latin word
meaning "high." But shockingly the word "alt" in German
means "old." And in German, the word "trias" means
Mr. Bible from Philip Morris stated that the name change is to
show "the corporation's desire for its family of companies to always
'reach higher' in striving to achieve greater financial strength and growth
through operational existence, consumer brand expertise and a growing
understanding of corporate responsibility." I think that this quote
really shows what Philip Morris has in mind first because the first thing
that they say is the desire for financial strength. Philip Morris can
do whatever it wants to try and appear like a good, respectable company,
but until they change their ways and start taking responsibility for their
misdeeds, they will always be a "wolf in lamb's clothing." I
think the public will see them as such, because we aren't as stupid as
they think we are.
"A name can be deceiving, but WE their Target will always be able
to pick the people trying to kill us. We will expose Philip Morris' new
name. It is a great marketing technique by Philip Morris to escape its
crappy name, but it makes the company look even more in-human."
"Philip Morris: you can't hide behind another moniker and expect
people to view your company as something it's not. Your company has spent
more money advertising the money it spends on charity than actually spending
money on the charities themselves, and that still hasn't helped your image."
"To change your old "Philip Morris" name to "Altria"
is a good thought, I mean, a new name means a whole new start right? WRONG!
Changing your name to Altria will not wash your hands clean. Target market
knows your plans, and we will make sure that the word gets out that you're
the same guys with the same intentions."
"Philip Morris is trying to start a new life, to overcome a bad
reputation. They can't hide what they did though, and people will remember.
Altria, a.k.a. Phillip Morris, is just as likely to be sued, whatever
its name. "A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet,"-
William Shakespeare. A tobacco company by any other name still stinks.
Philip Morris is now a name synonymous with death, disease and
deception. Previously confidential information about the actions of the
corporation has come back to haunt the company. The lies and secrecy have
come crashing down on the heads of executives at Philip Morris, because
we are demanding the truth. The citizens of the United States and world
are no longer tolerating the immorality and pure dishonesty of corporations,
especially corporations who set their aim at making toxic products."
Cigarette Companies want to be free of retaliation. They want to
be free from blame. Absolve from all their sin! We all know that Phillip
Morris' intent has always been to make big profit at the expense of teens
lives. Big tobacco has deliberately murdered millions of people in the
United State and worldwide. They are seeking asylum. What better than
a name change to start all over and continue killing people? What better
than a name change to keep the billions of dollars in profit that they
have amassed over the last one hundred years? Philip Morris name
change does not free my community of death and disease caused by cigarettes
smoking. In the last 100 years, you and the Tobacco companies have addicted
children for profit and changing your name is not going to change THAT!"
"The name change is just a cover up. The name Phillip Morris will
always bring thoughts of tobacco. Even when advertising Kraft foods, or
anything else that they own, whenever a division of Phillip Morris is
mentioned, cigarettes comes to mind."
"Philip Morris or Altria? Philip Morris, the company that owns Miller,
Kraft Foods, Nabisco and Marlboro Cigarettes, is changing its name to
Altria. This new name comes from the word altus, which is a Latin word
meaning "to reach high or to strive". It seems that Philip Morris
is trying to confuse the people boycotting its products in protest of
tobacco. Don't be duped. Call them what you will: Philip Morris equals
Altria. It's still a cigarette company."
Essential Action is a Washington, DC-based corporate accountability group. Its Global Partnerships for Tobacco Control program pairs tobacco control groups in the U.S. and Canada with groups in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central/Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union and facilitates their working on joint projects and campaigns. Currently more than 360 groups from 100 countries and 40 U.S. states are involved in the program. For more information see http://www.essentialaction.org/tobacco