The idea of starting a criminal case began with watching a film. Anne Marie was gripped by the documentary “De Vervangers”, about children whom the tobacco industry needs to take the place of dead smokers.
On worldwide No-Smoking Day in 2014, Anne Marie saw “De Vervangers”. The film really touched her heart. It made her realize that her children were not safe either. For the tobacco industry, each and every young person is a potential new customer. Including Anne Marie’s children. This made Anne Marie so furious that she decided to take action. The idea for the criminal case was born. Not to submit a claim for damages, but to have the practices of the tobacco industry stopped. After all, who will protect her children when she is gone?
The film was made by Erwin Kleinjan, himself a smoker for years, who experienced the disastrous consequences of tobacco addiction first-hand in his family. Now that he has children of his own, he wants to save them from the trap that the tobacco industry sets for them by making smoking look so attractive. In the documentary, Kleinjan investigates the underlying processes that allow the lure of tobacco to continue unabated.
In addition to the children themselves, the stars of “De Vervangers” include industry whistle-blower, Jeffrey “The Insider” Wigand; Professor Robert Proctor, author of Golden Holocaust; and Wanda de Kanter and Pauline Dekker, pulmonary specialists and founders of Stichting Rookpreventie Jeugd (“Foundation for the Prevention of Youth Smoking”).