«marlboro marijuana cigarettes» a hoax

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The internet was set ablaze over the past few days following a report by Abril Uno that Phillip Morris, the largest producer of cigarettes in the world, would be dabbling marijuana.

The company would supposedly be releasing marijuana cigarettes, aptly titled Marlboro M. They would be made available for legal purchase through licensed outlets in the state of Colorado, where it is legal to buy and sell the drug.

There’s just one little catch The story is a hoax.

One major clue as to the joke should have been the name of the source. Abril Uno translates to «April 1st». Hmm, it looks like the best April Fools jokes don’t happen in April at all.

Then there was a reference to Serafin Norcik, who was named in the article as the VP of Marketing for Philip Morris. In actuality, there is no Serafin Norcik.

According to the non existent Norcik, Philip Morris had been in touch with major drug cartels, looking for them to mass produce marijuana for their cigarettes.

Adding fuel to the fire was a photoshopped image that some took to be a preview of the product.

How many years until this is not a joke? More than 3, less than 10 is my guess

Clara Jeffery ( ClaraJeffery) January 26, 2014

If Marlboro is actually gonna start producing legit ‘marijuana cigarettes’ then I will start smoking weed again

Gareth ( garethainslie) January 26, 2014

I’m kinda skeptical about the Marlboro marijuana cigarettes..

Vince Eat World ( SirTightJeans) January 23, 2014

Could the cigarette giant eventually get into the marijuana racket? I wouldn’t rule it out. The weed business is booming in Colorado (there have been shortages reported) and it could see other states follow suit and legalize the drug. There are already regulations in place regarding who can smoke and where, so it wouldn’t be unfamiliar territory.

According to Snopes, Philip Morris and other cigarette companies have been preparing for the eventual legalization of the drug in the United States.

This particular joke may be on enthusiastic pot smokers for now, but there’s no telling who’ll have the last laugh. Should marijuana be legalized, it’s very likely that drug dealers will have to face cut throat competition from big business.

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Marlboro (cigarette) — simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Marlboro sponsorship in Champ Car (also known as ‘CART’ and ‘IndyCar’ at that time) dates back to 1986. The Penske cars in the Indy Racing League (IRL) currently run in Marlboro’s distinctive red and white colors. In 2006, a Marlboro sponsored car won the Indianapolis 500. For the 2007 season, Marlboro had ended their sponsorship of the Penske Cars. The Penske team will retain the color scheme. Where ‘Marlboro Penske’ appeared on the side of the cars, ‘Team Penske’ replaced it. Although Marlboro does not sponsor Team Penske, Philip Morris USA is still Team Penske’s main sponsor.

Marlboro also sponsored the Australian Marlboro Holden Dealer Team from 1974 through to 1984. The Marlboro branding gave rise to some of Australia’s most prominently recognizable race cars such as the L34 and A9X Torana, as well as the VK Group C «Big Banger» Commodore.

In Motorcycling Grand Prix, Marlboro sponsored the Yamaha team in 500cc and 250cc class. Marlboro currently sponsors the Ducati MotoGP. As of the 2009 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, they are only allowed to put the Marlboro brand the bikes in Qatar.

Marlboro also has a long history in rallying sponsorship, including with the factory World Rally Championship teams of Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Peugeot. During the 2007 GP2 Series Season, ART Grand Prix was also sponsored by Marlboro.

Marlboro are generally credited as being among the most important of sponsors to the world of Formula 1 (and motor racing in general) in terms of the amount of financial backing given to various competitors. In mid 2006, special «racing editions» of Marlboro Red were sold in the UK, with a Ferrari inspired design, although the Ferrari name and badge were not used.

List of Marlboro brand varieties change edit source US varieties

  • Marlboro Red Pack
  • Marlboro Red Pack 72’s
  • Marlboro Red Pack 100’s
  • Marlboro Red Label (Medium)
  • Marlboro Red Label 100’s (Medium)
  • Marlboro Gold Pack (Light)
  • Marlboro Gold Pack 72’s (Light)
  • Marlboro Gold Pack 100’s (Light)
  • Marlboro Silver Pack (Ultra Light)
  • Marlboro Silver Pack 72’s (Ultra Light)
  • Marlboro Silver Pack 100’s (Ultra Light)
  • Marlboro Blend No. 27
  • Marlboro Virginia Blend
  • Marlboro Virginia Blend 100’s
  • Marlboro Special Blend Red
  • Marlboro Special Blend Red 100’s
  • Marlboro Special Blend Gold
  • Marlboro Special Blend Gold 100’s
  • Marlboro Menthol
  • Marlboro Menthol 72’s
  • Marlboro Menthol 100’s
  • Marlboro Menthol Blue Pack (Mild)
  • Marlboro Menthol Blue Pack 72’s (Mild)
  • Marlboro Menthol Blue Pack 100’s (Mild)
  • Marlboro Menthol Gold Pack (Light)
  • Marlboro Menthol Gold Pack 100’s (Light)
  • Marlboro Menthol Silver Pack (Ultra Light)
  • Marlboro Menthol Silver Pack 100’s (Ultra Light)
  • Marlboro Menthol Blend No. 54
  • Marlboro Menthol Blend No. 54 100’s
  • Marlboro Menthol Smooth
  • Marlboro Menthol Smooth 100’s
  • Marlboro Black
  • Marlboro Black Menthol
  • Marlboro NXT
  • Marlboro Edge

Snus

  • Marlboro Rich
  • Marlboro Amber
  • Marlboro Spearmint
  • Marlboro Peppermint
  • Marlboro Windmill (Netherlands)

Non US varieties

  • Marlboro Black Menthol Edge 8 (Japan)
  • Marlboro Black
  • Marlboro Black One
  • Marlboro Black Menthol (Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia & New Zealand)
  • Marlboro Blend No. 9
  • Marlboro Bright Leaf (UK)
  • Rooftop Red (Canadian Marlboro Filter)
  • Rooftop Gold (Canadian Marlboro Light)
  • Rooftop Silver (Canadian Marlboro Extra Light)
  • Marlboro Cold Mint (Spain)
  • Marlboro Compact (Europe) slightly shorter than standard cigarettes
  • Marlboro Crisp Mint
  • Marlboro Filter Plus (Russia and Bulgaria)
  • Marlboro Filter Plus One (Russia)
  • Marlboro Flavor Mix (Egypt)
  • Marlboro Flavor Note (Germany)
  • Marlboro Flavor Plus
  • Marlboro Fresh (Sweden)
  • Marlboro Fresh Mint
  • Marlboro Frost
  • Marlboro Gold (in countries where «light» isn’t allowed)
  • Marlboro Gold Advance (Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand)
  • Marlboro Gold Edge
  • Marlboro Gold Touch (Europe) slightly thinner
  • Marlboro Ice Mint
  • Marlboro Ice Blast (Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong)
  • Marlboro Ice Chill (Australia)
  • Marlboro Ice Fresh (Brunei)
  • Marlboro Intense
  • Marlboro Kretex/Mix 9 (Indonesia)
  • Marlboro MX4 Flavor (Europe)
  • Marlboro Medium (Jordan)
  • Marlboro Night Fusion
  • Marlboro Wides (Europe, Japan)
  • Marlboro Touch

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