CEO Gets Defensive
Philip Morris International CEO Louis Camillei told a cancer nurse that it's not that hard to quit smoking, reports USA Today. The comment was made to Elisabeth Gunderson, a member of The Nightingales Nurses activist group. She says that a patient told her recently that quitting smoking was more difficult than other addictions he's beaten, including crack, cocaine and meth. Camillei, a longtime smoker, admitted that cigarettes are harmful and addictive, but said he believes that since there are more previous smokers in America than current smokers, it's just not that hard to quit. Camillei's opinion was expressed in response to comments made during Philip Morris International's annual shareholder meeting in New York on Wednesday.