Posted on March 7, 2012 By ali Brands

The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.

Philip Morris was the first owner of Marlboro Company. Philip Morris opened a shop in London’s Bond street in 1847, selling tobacco and rolled cigarrettes. Upon Mr. Morris death, his wife Margaret and his brother Leopold took care of the business.

Marlboro is a brand of cigarette made by Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE MO) (previously named Philip Morris Companies Inc.). On January 27, 2003, Philip Morris Companies Inc. changed its name to Altria Group, Inc., to correct its image as a tobacco only company.

It is famous for its billboard advertisements and magazine ads of the Marlboro Man. It is currently the best selling cigarette brand in the world. citation needed

Philip Morris, a London based cigarette manufacturer, created a New York subsidiary in 1902 to sell several of its cigarette brands, including Marlboro. By 1924 they were advertising Marlboro as a woman’s cigarette based on the slogan “Mild As May”.

The brand was sold in this capacity until World War II when the brand faltered and was temporarily removed from the market. At the end of the war, three brands Camel, Lucky Strike, and Chesterfield surfaced and established a firm hold on the cigarette market. However, the 1950s saw an impressive comeback of Marlboro cigarettes when a new cowboy image was introduced in promotion and the sales skyrocketed by 5000%.

During the same era Reader’s Digest magazine published a series of articles that linked smoking with lung cancer. Philip Morris, and the other cigarette companies took notice and each began to market filtered cigarettes. The new Marlboro with a filtered tip was launched in 1955.

The brand is named after Great Marlborough Street, the location of its original London factory.

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Philip morris faces class action over marlboro cigarettes

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Boston, MA A class action lawsuit has been brought against Philip Morris. The lawsuit seeks to have Philip Morris pay for medical monitoring in the form of a low dose computed tomography (CT) scan. Medical monitoring is a potentially life saving screening technique, which can often detect lung cancer at an early stage, greatly increasing the chances of survival.

The lawsuit claims that Philip Morris designed, marketed, and sold Marlboro cigarettes that delivered excessive and dangerous level of carcinogens, cancer causing substances, in violation of Massachusetts state law. This lawsuit does not include current or future personal injury claims involving smoking related diseases.

Who is Included Class Members include residents of Massachusetts as of February 26, 2013 who

Are 50 years of age or older
Have a smoking history equal to at least a pack a day of Marlboro cigarettes for 20 years (e.g., one pack a day for 20 years two packs a day for 10 years a half pack a day for 40 years)
Currently smoke Marlboro cigarettes, or quit smoking Marlboro cigarettes on or after December 14, 2005
Have not been diagnosed with lung cancer and a doctor does not suspect that you have lung cancer as of the date of any judgment entered, or relief obtained, in this lawsuit and
Have smoked Marlboro cigarettes within Massachusetts.

Stay in the Class Class Members do not need to do anything to stay in the Class. Class Members will be notified about how to ask for medical monitoring if benefits are obtained. Remaining in the Class will not prevent Class Members from bringing a lawsuit against Philip Morris for damages in the event that they contract cancer or another condition as a result of smoking.

Get out of the Class Class Members who want to keep your rights to sue Philip Morris on their own over the claims in this case need to exclude themselves by mailing a letter to the address below stating that they do not want to be included in this lawsuit. However, Class Members who exclude themselves will not get medical monitoring from this lawsuit if it is awarded. The deadline to ask for exclusion is August 19, 2013.

Law Firm Representing the Class The Court has appointed Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP, as well as Thornton & Naumes, LLP Arrowood Peters, LLP and Todd & Weld, LLP, to represent the Class as “Class Counsel.” You do not have to pay anyone to participate. Instead, the attorneys will seek an award of fees and costs from the Court, to be paid by Philip Morris, or out of a fund created for the Class, if one becomes available. You may hire your own lawyer to appear in Court for you, but if you do, you have to pay that lawyer. Class Member Options

More information can be found at

Philip Morris Medical Monitoring Class Action Legal Help If you or a loved one has suffered similar damages or injuries, please fill in the form to the right and your complaint will be sent to a lawyer who may evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.