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.
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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Twitter Responds To 'Marlboro M' Story
Marlboro is backing marijuana cigarettes. Nasty dude. #MarlboroM's
— Gook (@Anderson_josh14) January 24, 2014
I wouldn't expect any different: Phillip Morris Introduces Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes http://t.co/kaYYfpffXJ upcoming monsanto weed. — Armonía A. (@WebEthnographer) January 24, 2014
Phillip Morris adds one more color to the Marlboro Cigarette palette! Drum roll please.... Green for Marijuana!... http://t.co/BRNPvnteO8
— chauncey dandridge (@DJChaunceyD) January 24, 2014
Marlboro is coming out with a new cig called Marlboro m the m stands for marijuana sold in Colorado. — Pancake Buffalo (@OozyTheKid) January 24, 2014
Say what you like but this whole thing is BRILLIANT marketing, and biz strategy.... http://t.co/3VlQJJrDcc
— Alycea Ungaro (@RealPilates) January 24, 2014
Marlboro is making marijuana cigarettes.. So um.. Fav if you're from colorado and will be sending me some ;) — ivybad (@brookeivy) January 24, 2014
WOW. Phillips Morris introduces Marlboro marijuana cigarets pic.twitter.com/7dYUe1mvIq
— Stoner Tweets (@Vaporizer420) January 24, 2014
it was Only a matter of time before this happened lol "Phillip Morris Introduces Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes http://t.co/ohFXTYlXGt — Bruce Wayne (@BatDan37) January 24, 2014
"See once these Marlboro Marijuana cigs came out people started getting addicted to pot! It's the devils plant!" - dumb motherfuckers.
— †Jordan From ∆frica† (@MrOrigin) January 24, 2014
Marlboro joined the marijuana bandwagon as of today and are now producing Marlboro marijuana cigarettes