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Nurses protest at Philip Morris International shareholder meeting

Last updated: May 15, 2010

Source: The Examiner

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Protest at Philip Morris International shareholder meeting

Every year tobacco companies report on their profits to shareholders. On May 12th 2010, a group of nurses from around the USA attended the Philip Morris International shareholder meeting in New York. The nurses believe that it is not socially responsible for tobacco companies to continue to market and promote their deadly products. The nurses belong to a group called the Nightingales Nurses, who are nurses around the world speaking out against Big Tobacco. If you would like to support the nurses in their efforts to save lives please visit their website at

For news on this week’s Philip Morris International shareholder meeting visit the San Francisco Chronicle’s business report.

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