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Sun Jun 9, 2019, 08:12 PM

Colombia loses iconic cigarette as Philip Morris packs up and goes

Colombia loses iconic cigarette as Philip Morris packs up and goes
by Adriaan Alsema June 9, 2019

Colombia’s iconic Pielroja cigarette will be taken off the market after multinational Philip Morris announced it would close its factories in Colombia.

The announcement has been a disaster for at least 800 factory workers in Medellin and Barranquilla and approximately 100 tobacco growers who for generations provided the leaves for the cigarette.

According to Philip Morris subsidiary Coltabaco, the company bought up more than half of the tobacco produced in the country.

Why?!
Philip Morris blamed the closing of its factories and the end of Pielroja on another iconic element of Colombian culture, contraband.

More:
https://colombiareports.com/colombia-loses-iconic-cigarette-as-philip-morris-packs-up-and-goes/

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