The tobacco industry can not be prosecuted, because tobacco manufacturers are not doing anything illegal, the court in The Hague ruled in an article 12 procedure filed by lawyer Benedicte Ficq.
The Dutch government plans to hold so-called smoke-free cigarettes to the same rules that apply to ordinary tobacco products. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is implementing an age limit and a ban on advertising on these products, NU.nl reports.
"Around this type of product is often the image that they are a smart alternative to ordinary smoking", Blokhuis said. According to him, that idea is misplaced, "because you can become mortally ill of it."
Lawyers in 17 countries are following Dutch lawyers' lead in suing the tobacco industry for attempted murder or aggravated assault. Anti-smoking organizations and lawyers from 15 countries gathered in Geneva recently to discuss the Dutch appraoch to the, until now, unique case, AD reports.
Germany and Belgium are also interested, but did not make it to the meeting in Switzerland, according to the newspaper.
Dutch cancer fighting association KWF is suing four major tobacco companies for aggravated assault resulting in death and forgery. According to the association, the tobacco companies deliberately incorrectly inform smokers about the damage smoking actually causes, AD reports.
KWF is filing charges against the largest tobacco manufacturers in the world - Imperial Tobacco Benelux, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International.
It’s curtains for more than 1,000 workers of cigarette company Philip Morris that is closing the doors of its Bergen op Zoom plant.
Workers at the Philip Morris cigarette factory in Bergen op Zoom are on strike today. They are demanding that the direction meets them halfway with a better social plan, the NOS reports.
The damage to the pensions of the 1230 employees who lost their jobs due to the closing of the Philip Morris (PM) factory in Bergen op Zoom runs into the hundreds of millions. This comes from unions on the basis of research they have had done, the Volkskrant reports.
Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris must compensate for its workers according to the old contract. The company says that this means the severance pay for the affected workers is about 30 percent higher than via the current valid calculation method.
A few days before the mass-axing of more than 1,200 employees at the Philip Morris cigarette factory in Bergen op Zoom, the company organized a party for the workers, the AD reports.