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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Lung Healthcare Brought to You by Philip Morris

Sep 27, 2021

Philip Morris, the world’s largest maker of cigarettes, now wants to sell medical products to treat the very diseases they create. Lung, throat cancer, respiratory disease … it’s a long list.

Why? Because the enormous profits of such cigarette companies are declining, as are worldwide smoking rates. These companies have invested in vaping and e-cigarettes, which are like cigarettes and have also been found to contribute to similar diseases. To boost its revenues!

The company plans to purchase Vectura, a major developer of inhaled treatments for lung disease often related to smoking.

It’s like someone breaking your knees and then selling you the crutches,” said Ruth Tal-Singer, a scientist specializing in the treatment of smoke-related diseases.

Next, we will hear, Philip Morris is getting into the mortuary industry to “horizontally” integrate its businesses. After all, only profits count under capitalism.