Pulmonologists vs. tobacco industry in final appeal around rigged cigarette

  • 1 June 2023

On Thursday June 8, the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) will hear the appeal in the case in which Youth Smoking Prevention demands that the government take steps against the rigged cigarette and manipulation of cigarette emissions measurements. The session starts at 10 a.m., lasts until 5 p.m. and can be followed via a live stream.

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Wanda de Kanter on her fight against tobacco

  • 3 November 2022

In the context of the Inspire2Live congress 2022 presenter Michel Daenen interviewed chest physician and chair of Youth Smoking Prevention Wanda de Kanter about her motivation to strive for a world without smoking. She explains how she became an anti-tobacco activist and what it takes to get the message across.

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European Court of Justice opens way to end ‘rigged’ cigarette

  • 23 February 2022

The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg enables the Dutch administrative court to put an end to the ‘rigged’ cigarette. That is in essence the ruling that the Court made on Tuesday 22 February 2022 in a case that Youth Smoking Prevention, the Municipality of Amsterdam and 15 healthcare organizations have brought against the government.

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Tobacco industry also pulling strings within the EU

  • 16 April 2020

The introduction of neutral packaging for tobacco products in the Netherlands, which was scheduled to take place on the first of July 2020, has been delayed for at least three months. That is because the tobacco industry has manipulated three Eastern European countries for its own ends.

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Criticism of battle against the rigged cigarette unfounded

  • 17 February 2020

From an unexpected quarter comes criticism of the battle by the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation (SRPJ) against “rigged cigarettes”. In an email to the SRPJ, Belgian anti-smoking expert Luk Joossens calls it “not worth the trouble”. Lawyer Phon van den Biesen believes that Joossens is overlooking a number of things.

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Ruling on ‘rigged’ cigarette sought from Administrative Court

  • 12 November 2019

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport have categorically refused to ban the sale of cigarettes with higher emission values than legally allowed. The Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation (SRPJ), together with the City of Amsterdam and another fourteen parties, has therefore sought a ruling from the Administrative Court in Rotterdam.

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Court of appeal rejects charges made against tobacco industry

  • 13 December 2018

The court of appeal in The Hague has rejected the complaint submitted in the so-called Article 12 procedure against cigarette manufacturers. The accusers are dissapointed, but at the same time are pleased that the court in its verdict addressed the social problem of the legal acceptance of highly addictive and deadly tobacco. The court says that this problem should be addressed by the law maker.

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Public prosecutor decides not to prosecute tobacco industry

  • 23 February 2018

After an exceptionally long period of deliberation lasting 15 months, this morning the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that it won’t prosecute the tobacco industry in the Netherlands. The accusers will appeal to the court to force the Public Prosecutor to finally start a prosecution.

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Case against the tobacco industry: an overview

  • 17 November 2017

Over one year ago, lawyer Bénédicte Ficq filed a criminal complaint against the tobacco industry on behalf of two lung patients and the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation. This article provides an overview of the lead-up to the case and subsequent developments.

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Smokers bring case against the tobacco industry

  • 29 September 2016

Lawyer Bénédicte Ficq of legal firm Meijering Van Kleef Ficq & Van der Werf today filed charges with the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office, on behalf of the Dutch Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation, lung cancer patient Anne Marie van Veen and COPD patient Lia Breed, against four tobacco manufacturers that are active in the Netherlands: Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Benelux.

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Huge progress made thanks to court case against Dutch State

  • 9 November 2015

The court in The Hague ruled against the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation today in the case against the Dutch State over illegal contacts of the government with the tobacco industry and its lobby. Nevertheless the court case has led to huge progress in the way the Dutch government relates to the tobacco industry. 

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Verdict in court case against the State on 9 November

  • 13 October 2015

Does Article 5.3 of the FCTC convention from the World Health Organization relating to policies to control tobacco consumption take effect immediately? And does the Dutch State act unlawfully by not complying with the provisions of this Article? That is the key issue in the case taken by the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation against the State, which was heard today in court in The Hague. The court will deliver its verdict on 9 November.

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Poster presentation on court case against Dutch State

  • 13 October 2015

Dutch chest physician Wanda de Kanter (Netherlands Cander Institute, Amsterdam), president of the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation, was invited to do a poster presentation at the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer, taking place September 6-9, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

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Online publication 'Steadfast in action'

  • 29 May 2015

The online publication 'Steadfast in action for a smoke-free country' gives an overview of all the activities the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation deploys to rid society of tobacco and make smoking a thing of the past.

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