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Philip Morris Will Release “Marlboro M” Marijuana Cigarettes in 2016-Fiction!

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Philip Morris Will Release “Marlboro M” Marijuana Cigarettes in 2016-Fiction!

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Philip Morris Will Release “Marlboro M” Marijuana Cigarettes in 2016-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:
Philip Morris, the largest manufacturer of tobacco in the world, has announced plans to release “Marlboro M” marijuana cigarettes in 2016.
The Truth:
A fake news website is behind false reports that Philip Morris plans to get into the marijuana business.
The website, News Watch 33, reported that Philip Morris had plans to start selling legal marijuana cigarettes under the new brand “Marlboro M” in 2016:

George McHadden, who has been named as the new Vice President for the Marlboro M brand, stated in an interview that the company has been interested for quite sometime in the marketing and distribution of cannabis products. According to McHadded, the company has been pushing legislation for the taboo market in Colorado, Washington, California and New Jersey. Based on market trends and legislation being passed in two of the four states the company has focused on, Philip Morris feel extremely comfortable moving forward with it’s Marlboro M brand.

The report about Philip Morris’s plans to start selling marijuana was shared more than 600,000 times on social media sites within days of being published. Taken out of context, many readers were duped into believing that it was true.
But News Watch 33 is one of many fake news websites that are designed to look like local television news stations. These sites publish fake news stories that are submitted by their community of readers. One easy way to pick these fake news stories out is to look for the basic grammatical and spelling errors that can usually be found.


A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 10/30/2015

Philip Morris to Release “Marlboro M” Marijuana Cigarettes in 2016

Humboldt County, California – Philip Morris, the world’s largest tobacco manufacturer, announced yesterday that they will take part in the growing market of legal marijuana by producing marijuana cigarettes. The new product, which will be patented under the brand “Marlboro M,” will be made available to the public for sale in Colorado and Washington State.

Collected from News Watch 33, click here for the complete story.