About Philip Morris USA

An American Heritage Stretching Back More Than 150 Years

Philip Morris & Co., Ltd. was established in 1847 when the family of Philip Morris opened their first London tobacco shop and began making tobacco products that royalty and the working man alike would enjoy.

More than 150 years later, we’re the leading manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States (a position we’ve held since 1983). Headquartered in Richmond, VA, we now produce some of the most well-known brands in the consumer products industry. Read Our History.

A Premium Brand Portfolio that Leads the Industry

Marlboro leads our cigarette product portfolio. It’s the number one cigarette brand in all 50 states and the number one cigarette brand for men and women across all adult age groups. In 2018, Marlboro's retail share was 43.1 percent, larger than twice the share of its two largest competitive brands combined.

We also manufacture other strong cigarette brands, including ParliamentVirginia Slims and L&M. These brands are among the nation’s best-selling cigarette brands. In 2019, PM USA’s retail cigarette share was 49.7 percent.

Cigarette Brand Market Share

PM USA's 2020 cigarette retail share was 49.2 percent.*


pm usa share pie chart

Leading in Different Ways

We know our products aren’t for everyone. So we market them responsibly and as the preferences of our consumers and society change, we change too. Our leadership in the industry goes beyond having leading brands. It also includes how we address issues that are important to our business and to society. That means:

Our employees drive all of these efforts. Their commitment to product quality and responsibility is what has made us a leader for decades. To maintain this leadership, we invest in employees to build their leadership skills. We seek diverse and engaged employees at all levels who relish challenges and take initiative to deliver business results in a rewarding work environment. Learn More


Our Vision & Our Cultural Aspiration

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altria Group, Inc., PM USA is guided by Altria's Vision and Our Cultural Aspiration.


Our Employees

Our industry faces big challenges and we seek the best people to give us a talent advantage. Employees want challenging, meaningful work. They want to make decisions that matter and have purpose, while developing their careers. That’s why we’re focused on developing high-performing and engaged employees who will help us continue to deliver superior results in the future.

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* Retail share results for cigarettes are based on data from IRI/MSAi, a tracking service that uses a sample of stores and certain wholesale shipments to project market share and depict share trends. This service tracks sales in the food, drug, mass merchandisers, convenience, military, dollar store and club trade classes. For other trade classes selling cigarettes, retail share is based on shipments from wholesalers to retailers (STARS). This service is not designed to capture sales through other channels, including the internet, direct mail and some illicitly tax-advantaged outlets. It is IRI’s standard practice to periodically refresh its services, which could restate retail share results that were previously released in this service.

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