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The Facts: About the shady practices of the tobacco industry.

Film: De Vervangers (“The Replacements”)

The idea of starting a criminal case began with watching a film. Anne Marie was gripped by the documentary “De Vervangers”,  about chil...

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What is really in tobacco, a cigarette and smoke?

The smoke from pure tobacco, directly from the tobacco plant, cannot be inhaled. The Indians, for example, could not inhale their tobacco. I...

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Replacement Smokers

Within the tobacco industry, secret documents coldly refer to children as “replacement smokers”. Quite simply because it is children who...

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What does tobacco do to you?

What does tobacco do to you?

Tobacco does more to you than you might think. We have all heard of lung cancer. But there are other dangers lurking. Smoking has a destruct...

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Deadly in three steps

Deadly in three steps

The tobacco industry would like us to believe that their cigarettes are a natural product. Nothing is further from the truth. A cigarette is...

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The criminal case: How is it Doing?

Attempted murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and falsification of documents. 01.03.2017

Attempted murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and falsification of documents.

Lawyer Benedicte Ficq of legal firm Meijering Van Kleef Ficq & Van der Werf filed charges  (28th of September 2016) 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 […]

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The Dutch complaint against the tobacco industry. 28.02.2017

The Dutch complaint against the tobacco industry.

Containing 30 pages as well as annexes, the documentation presented offers detailed evidence of the charges.  

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Benedicte Ficq: ‘Making someone sick on purpose is a criminal act’ 16.11.2016

Benedicte Ficq: ‘Making someone sick on purpose is a criminal act’

It is time that the tobacco industry be held responsible for their criminal behavior. Attorney Benedicte Ficq asserted that in a TEDx talk that made a big impression.

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Personal stories

A cigarette is a product of death, designed to defraud the smoker. 01.03.2017

A cigarette is a product of death, designed to defraud the smoker.

Dr. Jeffrey Wigand is the highest-ranking whistleblower in the tobacco industry. His story received international attention due to the film ‘The Insider’, featuring Russell Crowe as Jeffrey Wigand.

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IF YOU SMOKE, YOU MUTATE 02.01.2017

IF YOU SMOKE, YOU MUTATE

Rene Bernards is a scientist affiliated with the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. He explains what smoking does to people’s cells. They mutate. Someone who smokes a pack a day for a year can count on 150 of those mutations—in every cell—in the lungs. This has been established by international research. “The good thing about this research […]

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It is bizarrely addictive. I think that cigarettes should fall under the hard drugs law. 07.09.2016

It is bizarrely addictive. I think that cigarettes should fall under the hard drugs law.

Fighter Marcel Verhoef (50): They placed a pin in my leg from my pelvis to my knee. That is a good solution, since at least I can walk again, sit down and lie down. The large bone in my leg was completely eaten away by metastases from my lung cancer.

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News: What is happening right now?

Cancer patient organizations bring case against tobacco industry 01.06.2017

Cancer patient organizations bring case against tobacco industry

Sick of Smoking is receiving more and more support from organizations that are joining the legal challenge against the tobacco industry also from the Dutch Federation of Cancer Patient Organizations (NFK).

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Ventilation holes in cigarettes contribute to lung cancer. Researchers call for ban. 29.05.2017

Ventilation holes in cigarettes contribute to lung cancer. Researchers call for ban.

According to a new study by the National Cancer Institute in the US, there is ‘very strong evidence’ that the tiny ventilation holes in cigarettes contribute to an increase in adenocarcinoma, the most common form of lung cancer. The ‘tampered cigarettes’, as lawyer Bénédicte Ficq calls cigarettes with invisible holes designed in the filters, do […]

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Dutch Caner Society welcomes legal challenge against tobacco industry 24.03.2017

Dutch Caner Society welcomes legal challenge against tobacco industry

The Dutch Cancer Society (DCS) has welcomed the legal challenge mounted by lawyer Bénédicte Ficq on behalf of Anne Marie van Veen, Lia Breed and the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation. This week the DCS also filed a declaration against the four largest tobacco manufacturers in the Netherlands. The case lists grevious bodily harm (resulting in […]

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