Science, Data, and Facts Should Unite Decision-Making, Says PMI CEO in Speech at Concordia Summit

LAUSANNE, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 24, 2020–

André Calantzopoulos, CEO of Philip Morris International (PMI) (NYSE: PM), today delivered high-level remarks at the 2020 Concordia Annual Summit. Calantzopoulos discussed the impact that uncertainty, polarization, hyperpartisanship, and ideology are having on international efforts to overcome pressing global issues. He called for science to be protected from politicization and highlighted the importance of developing open dialogues based on factual scientific objectivity. Calantzopoulos shared PMI’s belief that with the right regulatory encouragement and support from civil society, cigarette sales can end within 10 to 15 years in many countries.

The Concordia Annual Summit, which coincides with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, convenes the world’s most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders to foster dialogue and enable effective partnerships for positive social impact.

Excerpts of the remarks by André Calantzopoulos follow:

“Reflecting on the state of our world today and the challenges ahead,

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