Cigarettes contain more harmful substances than allowed
When is a border not really a border? For example, the standard for harmful substances in cigarettes; even if the legal standard is exceeded, this does not automatically mean a fine. This is a bad thing for the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation, why does the NVWA not take stricter action against “Big Tobacco”?
A fixed standard ... with a margin
In the Netherlands, a standard has been established that cigarettes must meet. That standard is a maximum of 10 milligrams of tar, 1 mg of nicotine and an emission of a maximum of 10 mg of carbon monoxide. During a test by the RIVM, it turned out that out of 100 cigarettes tested, no fewer than 43 copies did not meet this standard. So a fine? No, because except for one cigarette, they remained within a margin of 20 percent for tar and nicotine and even 25 percent for carbon monoxide.
NVWA acts according to the law
The NVWA claims that they work in accordance with international agreements. In addition, they indicate that they have indeed issued a fine. Singular fine, therefore, only Lexington was fined. The other 42 products out of 100 therefore remain out of reach. Setting a standard to subsequently set a considerable margin thereon, lawyer Phon van der Biesen considers a “perverse” case. Do you get away with this if you exceeded the alcohol limit during a road check?
Butcher approves his own meat
Nor does it help that the methods of testing cigarettes for harmful substances were devised by the tobacco industry. It has also been proven that there are "cheat" cigarettes with small perforations, which affect the results of tests but do not provide any benefit to users. There are many standards, some of which the NVWA has drawn up itself. Why do they work with margins that cross the border for these products? Apparently they prefer to raise money through a tobacco tax on consumers than through fines on tobacco manufacturers.