Two Mohawk Valley Students Attend Annual Phillip Morris International Shareholders Meeting
A pair of local students in the 'Reality Check' anti-smoking program had a chance to put a face to corporate tobacco, attending a Philip Morris International annual shareholders meeting this week.
Victoria Hysel, 14, is a ninth grader in the Madison Central School District, and Shelby Jones, 17, attends Morrisville Eaton Central School - each took part in a protest in New York City prior to the shareholders meeting.
Hysel joined WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning on Thursday and said she had a chance to ask a question directly to the CEO of Phillip Morris. She asked why they were opposed to a ban on tobacco advertising, while claiming advertising didn't make people want to smoke.
Victoria said the CEO didn't directly answer the question and told her she needed to get her ''facts straight.''
In her own school, Victoria said her fellow students were split on the issue of smoking. Some have had family effected by smoking, others didn't think it was that bad.
Full interview from WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning: