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ITC Netherlands Survey: Report on Smokers’ Awareness of the Health Risks of Smoking and Exposure March 2011


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Minister of Tobacco in the Netherlands?

A Dutch documentary entitled “Minister of Tobacco” describes the strong links between the Dutch Minister of Health, Edith Schippers, and the tobacco industry, in apparent violation of Article 5.3 of the FCTC.

The documentary reveals evidence in emails and letters that Ministry of Health officials have had frequent contact with the tobacco lobby.

Please download the English translation of the documentary (PDF) below.

Since Edith Schippers became Health Minister in October 2010 a number of tobacco control initiatives have been weakened or cancelled, including the reversal of the smoke-free law in small bars, funding cuts for media campaigns, and the cancellation of reimbursement for stop-smoking medications. The Ministry of Health declined an invitation to be interviewed.

The documentary aired on Oct. 21st and is available in Dutch at (Minister of tabak link).