CASEY GAUL: Good morning Mr. Chairman. My name is Casey Gaul.
I represent the youth and adults in the meeting and outside. Globally,
every 6 seconds someone dies a tobacco-related death. That's ten
people dead from contributions of your product in just the minute
I will be speaking with you. Outside, as I said, at this moment,
youth and adults are keeping a running count of people killed during
this meeting alone. That's moms
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Dead. Brothers and sisters
second pause]...Dead. Already today, 6,000 people have died. How
are you holding yourself accountable for these deaths and what do
you have to say about your marketing techniques to market an addictive
and deadly product?
Well, thank you for your question and thank you for coming. We recognize
that our product causes a variety of diseases and is harmful and
is also addictive. So our responsibility that we really take very
seriously has three key components to it. The first one, as I mentioned
in my prepared remarks, is that we support regulation that is based
on the principal of harm reduction -- one, that we believe has improved
over the years around the world. The second one that I believe is
really important is to ensure that youth does not smoke. We try
to do everything in our power to curtail youth smoking, with I would
say quite a lot of success in numerous jurisdictions. The key to
our programs is to ensure that youth does not have access to cigarettes,
and we do a lot in markets across the world to curtail youth access
to cigarettes and work very hard with our retail partners to ensure
that is the case. I think you'd be surprised to know that many countries
around the world don't actually have minimum age laws for cigarettes
and we have been lobbying very hard across the world to ensure that
there are indeed minimum age laws so that we can put in place the
access restrictions that are so important. And finally we come down
to the product, because ultimately if you want to reduce harm you
have to address the product and we are investing a lot of human
and financial resources to try come up with a product that will
have the ability to reduce the risk and the harm caused by cigarettes.
So we take our responsibility seriously, and we focus very hard
on the issue. So thank you for coming, and thank you for your question.
KYLE PEAVLEY: Good morning. My name is Kyle Peavley. I'm
with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As you know every six seconds
someone is killed by tobacco products. These people are mothers,
fathers, cousins, wives, sisters and brothers, and grandparents
who were addicted to your deadly product, and their lives were cut
short. Please join me in honoring them with an action worth a thousand
words, a moment of silence: [moment of silence continues until 1:30:59,
when Camilleri ends it and moves on to next question]
JENNIFER PESCADOR: Aloha and Good morning. My name is Jennifer
Pescador, and I'm with REAL and the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii.
It is known that you are aggressively targeting young people around
the world and at the same time you've been attempting to block public
health policies that would prevent tobacco company promotions. To
be specific, the policies that would [prevent using] cigarette packs
as a form of advertising. For greater transparency of your efforts
to prevent, delay and otherwise influence public health policies worldwide,
can you provide a list of all the legal actions and complaints filed
in the past year and plans in the next as well as any meetings you've
had or will have with government officials around the world?
Are you talking about the lawsuits we've starting
best of my knowledge we have instated lawsuits in Uruguay, as was
mentioned earlier, in Norway on display bans, in Ireland on display
bans, and in the United Kingdom more recently. We were joined in
that with retailers who suffer the brunt of those misguided regulations.
I think we've explained why we think display bans don't make any
sense. There's a perfect example north of the border here - it's
Canada. It's a perfect example of both display bans and plain packaging.
They've instituted some of the most severe regulations anywhere
in the world. Result: illicit trade is more than 30 percent of consumption
in Canada, and most of that illicit trade is sold in what is called
baggies: plastic bags with unbranded cigarettes. They sell it at
a very cheap price and youth smoking is rising because of those
products. So again, you know, we continue to be targeted by people
who come to this meeting and elsewhere that we somehow interfere
with the process. That's just not true. We think our interventions
are constructive and in those instances where we are shut out of
the debate we will look at the court, because ultimately I think
we get a fair hearing in the courts.
did not fully answer the question. He did not address legal complaints
or discuss meetings with government officials.
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