Are Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes Being Designed By Phillip Morris? Abril Uno Trolls Internet With 'Marlboro M' Story

By iDesign Times Reporter January 24, 2014 4:06 PM EST
A photo of Marlboro M marijuana cigarette box design was posted along with a story by Abril One, claiming that Phillip Morris would be marketing the product to Colorado residents in 2015. But is the story true? (Photo: Abril One)
A photo of a "Marlboro M" marijuana cigarette box design was posted on Abril One, along with a story claiming that Phillip Morris would be marketing the product to Colorado residents in 2015. But is the story true? (Photo: Abril One)

Are Marlboro marijuana cigarettes about to be a thing? According to an article on, Abril Uno, Phillip Morris is set to begin marketing a new marijuana cigarette branded "Marlboro M" in 2015, with a first ad for the pot puffers set to air during Superbowl XLIX. The cannabis cigarettes would only be available and marketed to people in states like Colorado and Washington, where marijuana use has been legalized. This report, however, is completely false. In Spanish, the words Abril Uno mean, "April One" which most of us can deduct means, the joke's on you, bud. In addition, under the tags on the story we see the words, fake news, fictional news, marijuana, marlboro, morris, phillip, satire,spoof.

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Although Phillip Morris won't be producing any new marijuana cigarettes called "Marlboro M," it seems the internet didn't pick up on the joke. The story is being spread far and wide as the next viral hoax to hit the web. Only published three days ago, the article has seen over half a million "likes" on Facebook. The article, while laced with numerous pot-related puns — like Phillip Morris' Sr. Vice President for Marketing being "high on the idea of marketing cannabis" — is written in such a way that it seems to be fooling most who run across it. However, if examined closely enough, it should be pretty apparent there's no way this claim of Marlboro Marijuana cigarettes being designed, could possibly be true.

Here is an except from the post,

"Phillip Morris, the world's biggest cigarette producer, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization bandwagon and start producing marijuana cigarettes ... Norcik added that they have begun contacting former drug lords in Mexico and Paraguay, currently the largest marijuana-producing countries in the world, for the possibility of setting up a distribution ring across the North and South American continents, to streamline the supply lines ... Phillip Morris shares hit an all-time high ... and shot up to $998.00 from $83.03 just a few hours after the announcement went public."

It seems almost daily a new viral hoax like this "Marlboro M marijuana cigarettes" story hits social media with a vengeance, and in the space of a few hours, everyone and their grandma is out there sharing it. If you become a bit exhausted of seeing fake news stories like this going viral online, as a word to the wise, always check the source. If you don't recognize it as a reputable news source, head to Google and search for similar stories on the topic form well known news sources. Rest assured that if a marijuana cigarette was preparing to come to market, every news source in America would be reporting on it, along with television and radio. If you don't see wide replication, it's probably a hoax.

For now, if you see anyone sharing the "Marlboro M marijuana cigarette" story online, perhaps direct them here so they can get their facts straight.

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