“R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company has no connection whatsoever, formally or otherwise, with these apps. As stated at our website, we believe minors should never use tobacco products and adults who do not use or have quit using tobacco products should not start. Also, no tobacco product has been shown to be safe and without risks, and quitting cigarette smoking significantly reduces the risk for serious diseases.”

Full Statement from Philip Morris International, Inc.:

“To the best of our knowledge, none of the apps referred to in the study that was recently published in Tobacco Control journal are owned by Philip Morris International. Any use of our brands in the apps identified by the study was not authorized by us. We take the unauthorized use of our brands and trademarks extremely seriously and will take any action necessary to stop their illegal use.”