August 14, 2008

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) Receives Competition Bureau Clearance for Acquisition of Rothmans Inc.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 14, 2008--Regulatory News:

Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE/Euronext Paris: PM) has received an advance ruling certificate ("ARC") from the Canadian Commissioner of Competition in connection with the company's proposed acquisition of Rothmans Inc. (Rothmans).

The issuance of the ARC satisfies one of the conditions to the company's offer dated August 7, 2008 that clearance be obtained under the Competition Act (Canada).

The company's offer to acquire Rothmans is open for acceptance until midnight (Vancouver time), at the end of September 11, 2008, unless extended or withdrawn by the company. The offering documents are also available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com, under the SEDAR profile for Rothmans Inc.

About Philip Morris International Inc.

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is the leading international tobacco company, with seven of the world's top 15 brands. PMI has more than 75,000 employees and its products are sold in approximately 160 countries. In 2007, the company held an estimated 15.6% share of the total international cigarette market outside of the U.S. For more information, see www.pmintl.com.

CONTACT: Philip Morris International Inc.
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SOURCE: Philip Morris International Inc.

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