Tim Luimes

Tim Luimes (1995) is a freelance investigative journalist and a member of The Investigative Desk. He works mainly on large journalism projects, with multiple international cooperation partners. Tim specialises in investigating the lobbying of industrial multinationals in Brussels, with a focus on tobacco, pesticide and chemical companies. His work was published at NRC, Follow The Money, De Groene Amsterdammer, Vrij Nederland, Knack and Le Monde.


The art of looking away

We did not know that public health was at risk. So say the ministers responsible for the 2017 decision to keep quiet about the PFOS contamination. In

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  1. Derek Yach: Project Unthinkable: a doctor’s gamble to save millions of lives, Barlow Publishing, 2018.
  2. Derek Yach: WHO Consultation on Litigation and Public Inquiries as Public Health Tools for Tobacco Control, 2001: https://www.who.int/tobacco/dy_speeches8/en/
  3. R. Auer, N. Concha-Lozano, I. Jacot-Sadowski, J Cornuz, A. Berthet: ‘Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Cigarettes: Smoke by Any Other Name’, in JAMA Internal Medecine 2017 / 177(7):1050–2.
  4. The figures provided by Philip Morris did not say enough about user behaviour, long-term effects and the possible effects of exposure to substances that were actually found in higher concentrations at the IQOS.
  5. PMI Science: Tobacco harm reduction: An excerpt from Scientific Update 10: https://www.pmiscience.com/whats-new/tobacco-harm-reduction-heated-tobacco-FAQ
  6. Pledge agreement: 2017.09.12 FSFW | Executive Summary Pledge Agreement.
  7. See Sa’ed, H. Zyoud, Samah W. Al-Jabi, and Waleed M. Sweileh. ‘Worldwide research productivity in the field of electronic cigarette: a bibliometric analysis’, in BMC Public Health 14.1, 2014. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-14-667/tables/6
  8. See this Excel-sheet: https://tobaccotactics.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/FSFW-Grantees-post-strategic-update.xlsx
  9. Jean-Francois Etter, ‘The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World after two years: can it be trusted?’, in: Qeios, 2020. https://doi.org/10.32388/JHYV33
  10. The parent company of Philip Morris USA. Altria has the exclusive licence to sell the IQOS in the US.
  11. Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: Return of Private Foundation OMB No. 1545-0052 Form 990-PF or Section 4947(a)(1) Trust Treated as Private Foundation: https://www.smokefreeworld.org/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/fsfw_2018_form_990-pf_public_inspection.pdf
  12. ‘Op weg naar een rookvrij Nederland’, Philip Morris Holland BV (2018); Innovatie rookloze producten en schadebeperking van tabaksgebruik: brief aan Thematafel Tabak, Nationaal Preventieakkoord.
  13. Brian E. Erkkila, Patricia I. Kovacevic, Derek Yach: ‘Restricting Flavors in ENDS Could Have Repercussions Beyond Youths’ Use’, in: American journal of public health, 110.6 (2020): 777-778: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2020.305674
  14. PJ Landrigan et al.: ‘Urgent message to APHA Executive Board and AJPH Editorial Board’, 2021.https://rightoncanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Urgent-message-to-APHA-Executive-Board-and-AJPH-Editorial-Board-2021-01-05.pdf
  15. Interview with Ruth Malone by Stéphane Horel, op 3 maart 2021.
  16. The Argentinean Asociación Argentina de Servicios y Estudios Médicos de Avanzada, The Pakistani 'Alternative Research Initiative and the umbrella organisation of International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations all received an unknown amount of the FSW. https://archive.is/BeUVB
  17. D.B. Abrams et al.: ‘Tobacco Harm Reduction and the Dutch National Prevention Agreement: Letter from 36 International Experts and Academics’, in Tobacco Control, 2019.