Smoke Free

Tobacco was a major foundation of the American economy and has remained a powerful influence in our society ever since. In recent times, however, evidence has piled up about the incredibly harmful effects smoking tobacco has on the body and one of the tobacco giants is finally loosening their grip on smoking cigarettes. Hancock International College is excited for America to be an example to our ESL students in the pursuit of healthy long life and so we’d like to spread the news! says, “Philip Morris International has made a dramatic New Year’s resolution: ‘We’re trying to give up cigarettes.’ The company, which makes Marlboro, L&M and Chesterfield brands among others, took out ads in newspapers in the United Kingdom that said its ambition for the New Year is to build a smoke-free future and eventually stop selling cigarettes. The ambition described on the company’s website is to help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes and replace them with alternatives like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. The company claims the alternatives are less harmful.

The World Health Organization has refused to partner with The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World which is funded by Philip Morris International. ‘The tobacco industry and its front groups have misled the public about the risks associated with other tobacco products,’ the World Health Organizations said in a September 2017 statement.”

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Idiom of the Day

Smoke and Mirrors

Meaning: Words and actions that are intended to deceive or confuse people, especially by making something seem better than it really is.

Example: The president claims that his economic plan is free of the smoke and mirrors of previous presidential budget proposals.