Netherlands Expertise Center for Tobacco Control

The Netherlands Expertise Center for Tobacco Control

The Netherlands Center for Tobacco Control (NET) was inaugurated on January 1, 2013. Researchers at the Center develop, collate, and disseminate independent, systematically tested knowledge on tobacco control and smoking deterrence. The mission of NET is to discourage people from using tobacco, as well as informing tobacco users and non-tobacco users about the harmful effects of tobacco use and tobacco exposure. The Center also provides health professionals, scientists, and public officials with information about tobacco usage, prevention, treatment of tobacco addiction, and policy options. The goal is to drastically reduce the morbidity and mortality that result from the use of tobacco.

In January 2013, NET published the first of eight online newsletters for health professionals who were concerned with tobacco control. The publications reveal the most recent scientific findings and developments. Fact sheets for professionals were also published on the following subjects: age limits for tobacco sale, shisha pens, smoking cessation interventions for youth, and water pipes. Furthermore, the 2013/2014 National Drug Monitor included a section on tobacco, which contained insights from NET researchers.  

The smoking prevention and cessation website www.rokeninfo.nl went  in January 2013; the Dutch-language smoking cessation telephone service Roken Info Lijn (Smoker's Infoline) also went live at that time. An evaluation of the website was carried out in cooperation with the Mikado Knowledge Center for Intercultural Mental Health to ascertain whether the website was responsive to the needs of people from various cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic classes within Dutch society. The results of the evaluation were integrated back into the website.

A study was conducted on technologically supported innovative tobacco control to identify smoking deterrence interventions for use online, including on mobile telephones. The purpose of the study was to determine what programs were currently available, their target groups, and the existing data on their suitability and effectiveness. It includes recommendations about promising technological applications that merit further development, implementation, or evaluation.

The Center invested time and effort in integrating the web-based program Rookvrij Opgroeien (Growing up smoke-free[D1] ) into the products and services offered by Trimbos. Development of a new e-learning module was also initiated to provide online support on tobacco control to professionals as a supplement to their existing face-to-face training. Researchers and staff at the Center also determined what data was available on the implementation and effectiveness of Rookvrij Opgroeien and explored possibilities for further development of the program in the future. 

The Center has focused on directly helping the public live longer, tobacco-free lives. Three new brochures were developed for the public, as well as more infographics on the harms of tobacco use and exposure. Additional videos were created to promote smoking cessation and protecting children from tobacco smoke exposure. A smoking cessation app for adolescents was released. Also, NET promoted and welcomed the raising of the Dutch age limit for the sale of tobacco products from 16 to 18 years old.

 

 in January 2013; the smoking cessation telephone service Roken Info Lijn went live as well. An evaluation of the website was carried out in cooperation with the Mikado Knowledge Center for Intercultural Mental Health to ascertain whether the website was responsive to the needs of people from various cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic classes within Dutch society. The results of the evaluation were integrated back into the website.

A study was conducted on technologically supported innovative tobacco control to identify smoking deterrence interventions for use online, including on mobile telephones. The purpose of that study was to determine what programs were currently available, their target groups, and the existing data on their suitability and effectiveness. It includes recommendations about promising technological applications that merit further development, implementation, or evaluation.

The Center invested time and effort into integrating the web-based program Rookvrij Opgroeien (Growing up smoke-free) into the products and services offered by Trimbos. Development of a new e-learning module was also initiated to provide online support on tobacco control to professionals as a supplement to their existing face-to-face training. Researchers and staff at the Center also determined what data was available on the implementation and effectiveness of Rookvrij Opgroeien and explored possibilities for further development of the program in the future. 

The Center has focused on directly helping the public live longer, tobacco-free lives. Three new brochures were developed for the public, as well as more infographics on the harms of tobacco use and exposure. Additional videos were created to promote smoking cessation and protecting children from tobacco smoke exposure. A smoking cessation app for adolescents was released. As well, NET promoted and welcomed the raising of the Dutch age limit for the sale of tobacco products from 16 to 18 years old.

For more information, please contact Dr. Margriet van Laar