April 27-28, 2005
East Hanover, NJ

April 28, 2005

2005 Altria Shareholders Meeting:

Youth participate in a "die-in" following the 2005 Altria
shareholders meeting
to represent all the people who have been killed by the company's tobacco
products during the past 50 years

On April 28, 2005, Altria/Philip Morris held its annual shareholders meeting in East Hanover, New Jersey. Over 100 youth and adults from India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and Wisconsin* were there to denounce Philip Morris's global expansion.

This year, Altria Group, parent company of Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris International, is celebrating Marlboro's 50th anniversary. 2005 is also the 50th anniversary of the company's overseas expansion. Demonstrators marked these macabre anniversaries outside the Altria shareholders meeting with a "Happy 50th Deathday" cake, black balloons, a 15-foot-high Marlboro pack labeled "50 Years of Death" and photos of the company's tobacco promotions around the world.

Click on the links below or to the left for more information about events around Altria's 2005 Meeting of Stockholders:

For more information about any of the above events, contact Essential Action. Also contact Essential Action if you:

  • Know of any youth programs that might be interested in participating next year
  • Would like to buy a share of Altria stock, to enable more youth advocates to attend the Altria meeting next year
  • Would like permission to use any photos of the events

* Participating groups: Youth Leadership Institute (CA), Essential Action (DC), REAL (HI), Reality Check (NY), FACT (WI), HRIDAY-SHAN (India), JATH (Nigeria)

Essential Action's Global Partnerships for Tobacco Control program links tobacco control groups in the U.S. and Canada
with groups in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Central/Eastern Europe to monitor and resist Big Tobacco's global expansion.
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