Tobacco Control

Tobacco use and exposure is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Researchers and implementation specialists from the Trimbos Institute develop, implement, and share knowledge and expertise about tobacco use prevention, tobacco smoke exposure reduction, and smoking cessation. Experts at the Trimbos Institute work to reduce morbidity and mortality related to tobacco use through public health education campaigns, cooperation with healthcare professionals, and collaboration with governments and health policy centers.

Monitoring tobacco in the Netherlands

Accurate numbers and data about policies, therapies, and the population are needed to develop tobacco control policies and care strategies. The Trimbos Institute contributes to the knowledge of the Dutch and European tobacco control environment by collecting data and observing changes through a variety of large and small scale monitoring studies.

Selected monitoring studies


Marc  Willemsen

Marc Willemsen

Informing the public about the harms of tobacco

Tobacco use and exposure is a major public health crisis – one that needs immediate yet customized attention to be able to move towards its resolution. Experts and educators from the Trimbos Institute educate the public about the harms of tobacco use and exposure for everyone at every stage of life. This education is evidence-based, developed to meet the needs of the Dutch population as learned through monitoring and research activities, and available in a variety of formats, such as brochures, infographics, websites, apps, and videos. Examples of this educational outreach include:

  • the Tobacco Infoline, a telephone support and information service;
  • the Dutch-language Tobacco Infoline website, which contains information about tobacco use;
  • a training day for municipal workers about developing effective tobacco control policies;
  • a Dutch-language smoking cessation support website I'm quitting now; and
  • training sessions for professionals on the basics of tobacco use and control.


Ingrid  Schulten

Ingrid Schulten

Growing up smoke-free

In the Netherlands, nearly a fifth of children grow up with a smoking family member. The Trimbos Institute offers advice and training sessions on helping children to grow up smoke-free. This advice and training includes:

  • training sessions and materials for midwives on helping pregnant women and their families become completely smoke-free;
  • training sessions and materials for post-natal care assistants on helping new mothers and their families become completely smoke-free;
  • an e-learning module on family-centered tobacco control for clinicians who see children;
  • an information sheet about effective tobacco cessation interventions for pregnant women; and
  • telephone coaching for parents who want to quit smoking.

Smoking cessation

Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to improve the well-being of those who smoke and those who are exposed to tobacco smoke. The Trimbos Institute works to help all people become smoke-free, especially vulnerable populations such as adolescents, pregnant women, and those with (severe) mental health disorders. Assistance from health care professionals increases the chance that smokers quit for good; the Trimbos Institute offers information and support for healthcare professionals on helping smokers quit smoking and stay quit. This support comes through tools, expert advice, and courses on smoking cessation. The Trimbos Institute regularly organizes smoking cessation training events for healthcare professionals to equip them in the skills they need to help their patients become completely tobacco-free. 


Monique  Croes

Monique Croes

Tobacco control policies

The Trimbos Institute supports municipalities and organizations in tobacco cessation by organizing information sessions about the health-related risks of smoking, gathering feedback and information about perspectives on their current smoking policy and what the policy should look like in the future, formulating goals for the new smoking policy, and implementing the new policy. Trimbos then works with municipalities and organizations to further tweak and tailor tobacco policies, evaluating these policies while developing a sustainability action plan. The Trimbos Institute supports and advises on each step of tobacco policy development.


Ingrid  Schulten

Ingrid Schulten


Staff from the Trimbos Institute author or co-author nearly 200 publications a year. These range from peer-reviewed articles in distinguished Dutch and international journals to research reports and doctoral theses. Some of these articles and reports are listed below.

Bommelé, J., Kleinjan, M., Schoenmakers, T.M., Burk, W.J., Eijnden, R. van den, & Mheen, D. van de (2015). Identifying subgroups among hardcore smokers: A latent profile approach. Plos One, 10(7), 1-13. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0133570

Brown, A.K., Nagelhout, G.E., Putte, B. van den, Willemsen, M.C. Mons, U.T., Guignard,R., & Thompson, M.E. (2015). Trends and socioeconomic differences in roll-your-own tobacco use: Findings from the ITC Europe Surveys. Tobacco control, 24, 11-16. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051986

Blankers, M., Buisman, R., ter Weijde, W., & van Laar, M. (2015). Rookbeleid in de GGZ. Een verkenning van beleid en praktijk tijdens verblijf in geïntegreerde GGZ-instellingen, verslavingszorginstellingen en RIBW’s. Utrecht: Trimbosinstituut.

Points of sale of tobacco products: Synthesis of scientific and practice-based knowledge on the impact of reducing the number of points of sale and restrictions on tobacco product displays. (2014) K. Monshouwer, J. Verdurmen, T. Ketelaars, M.W. van Laar.

Buisman, R., Blankers, M., & Van Laar, M. (2014). Kennis, opvattingen en gebruik van e-sigaretten onder jongeren. Utrecht: Trimbos-instituut.

Van Laar, M. W., Cruts, A. A. N., Van Ooyen-Houben, M. M. J., Meijer, R. F., Croes, E. A., Ketelaars, E. A., ... & van Dijk, J. J. (2015). Nationale Drug Monitor. Trimbos-instituut.