Charles has spent the last several weeks meeting with tobacco executives, tobacco industry executives and others as part of a plan to expand access to cigarettes in the U.S. and Canada.
At a news conference Tuesday, he said he was “stagered” to meet in Colorado with the tobacco industry’s leaders, but did not rule out the possibility of meeting with them.
“If there is something in that room that we can work on, we will, because we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.
He added that he hopes to meet more of the tobacco companies at a later date.
The prince said he has spoken with the heads of some tobacco companies, including Altria Group Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark Fields, but said he had not spoken to Altria executives.
Charles and Fields met Tuesday with the company’s CEO, Philip Morris International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Duke, and two executives at Altria.
Duke told The Associated Press that the company is looking forward to working with the prince, and said it is “in a position to continue to collaborate with him on the important work we do.”
Duke said he “couldn’t agree more” with the Prince’s decision to meet the tobacco executives.
The meeting was also attended by several major tobacco companies that have long argued against the idea that their products should be marketed to children.
Duke and Fields have met with a number of industry executives since Charles took office in 2011, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former Virginia Gov.
Terry McAuliffe, a Republican who is now Virginia’s governor.
Ralph Northam and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, also met with Duke and other tobacco executives during the week of his visit.
Virginia’s new governor, Ralph Northop, who is a Republican, and Virginia’s former governor, Mark Warner, a Democrat, have met privately with the industry’s executives.
Northam’s spokesman, David S. Hays, said Wednesday that the governor was in Virginia for a state business trip.
Duke has met privately in the past with some tobacco executives and with Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northrup.
Duke was also scheduled to speak at a conference hosted by the American Cancer Society, but the meeting was canceled after Duke’s attendance was called into question.
Duke did not speak at the meeting, according to Hays.
Duke also met privately Monday with former Vice Chairman and President of the Americas Donald Rumsfeld, who had been a close adviser to Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.
The two discussed Northrop’s visit to Virginia, which was also canceled after Northrop spoke with the press.
Duke said Wednesday he is considering meeting with the vice president and vice president of the United States at a future meeting, but that he will be traveling to the U:S.
“I don’t know who I’ll meet but I’ll be traveling,” Duke said.
Duke’s meeting with Virginia’s tobacco executives comes amid a nationwide crackdown on smoking in schools and other places.
Earlier this month, the U of T announced that it would be closing its student smoking rooms for the next academic year.
That followed an announcement by the state’s tobacco control agency last week that it had approved new guidelines for tobacco retailers to sell cigarettes to students in public schools and libraries.
Duke is a former president of Altria, a company that makes cigarette butts, cigars and pipe tobacco.