Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris has apologised for a company funded report which claimed that smoking related deaths saved the Czech government money on healthcare and pensions.
In a statement, Philip Morris said that commissioning the study was not just a terrible mistake, it was wrong. The company added that it understood the outrage and anger that the report triggered, and that it regretted what it called an extraordinarily unfortunate incident.
Last month it emerged that Philip Morris' Czech division had commissioned a study that claimed that the premature death of smokers had resulted in a net economic gain for the country, as the Czech government saved money on pensions, housing and healthcare.
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