Neatorama reader Osama bin Login wrote:
This corporate lawyer (with a conscience and a heart and a sense of ivic responsibility) basically set up this corporation to show that a corporation does not have to even pretend to be a benefit to society to be established and to stay in business.
Indeed, Licensed to Kill, the newest tobacco company incorporated in the state of Virginia, has this to say about itself:
The name "Licensed to Kill" is truly a tobacco name - a name associated with leadership in corporate killing in that industry in the United States and around the world. We do not own any companies that are not tobacco-based, and we do not feel a need to purchase any food subsidiaries to obscure the fact that our prime source of profit is indeed cigarettes. By taking such a name, Licensed to Kill, Inc clearly identifies what it is: a company that has been given the explicit permission by the state to manufacture and market tobacco products in a way that each year kills over 400,000 Americans and 4.5 million other persons worldwide. In short, a company that profits off of some of the world's most deadly brands.
Some have speculated that the choice of the name "Licensed to Kill" is perhaps a tad bit too truthful. It isn't. Licensed to Kill, Inc takes pride in owning what we believe to be the premier tobacco company in the world. Going forward, our identity will give stakeholders clarity about the purpose of our company.
COMPANY SLOGAN: The beauty of the tobacco business is that people pay us to kill them. That's why our motto is "We're Rich. You're Dead!"
Link (Thanks Osama bin Login!)