Projects in tobacco control

Implementation specialists, researchers, and policymakers at the Trimbos Institute work on a variety of tobacco control projects and programs. These projects and programs include education for clinicians, teachers, and municipalities, policy development for organizations and government offices, tobacco use prevention for children and teens, and smoking cessation assistance.

Clear language

The project Clear Language investigates the effectiveness of providing education to lower vocational professional students aged 12 to 15. The research uses course materials from the Healthy School Prevention Program, which was developed by the Trimbos Institute. The outcomes of this research will be used to adjust and further develop course materials about alcohol and smoking. Preliminary results showed that these students learn better if the course materials include short texts and films. Therefore, the advice is to combine both texts and films to increase the audience for the course materials.


Dutch National School Survey

The Dutch National School Survey is a national research effort regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and the internet among adolescents. The Trimbos Institute conducts this research in collaboration with the University of Utrecht. The results of this research show the trends regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and the internet, while laying the foundation for new policies in schools, municipalities, and care institutions. Parents are targeted in a special module focusing on parenting practices, substance specific rules, and attitudes towards substance use.

For more information, contact Karin Monshouwer


European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Conducted every four years, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is a collaborative effort of independent research teams in more than forty European countries. It is the largest multinational research project on adolescent substance use in the world. The overall aim of the project is to repeatedly collect comparable data on substance use among 15- to 16-year-old students in as many European countries as possible.  More information can be found here on the ESPAD website.

For more information, contact Karin Monshouwer


Health Behavior in School-aged Children

The Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey collects data every four years on 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys' and girls' health and well-being, social environments, and health behaviors. HBSC includes 44 countries and regions across Europe and North America. Data collection alternates with the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs; the next HBSC study will be conducted in 2017. More information can be found on the HBSC website here.

For more information, contact Saskia van Dorsselaer


Healthy Nightlife Toolbox

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT) project collects data on interventions in Europe, targeted at reducing and preventing harm caused by alcohol and drugs in nightlife settings. The HNT started in 2008 as an EU project and is now updated with the help of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the Dutch government under its EU Presidency. The Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands coordinates the update, in cooperation with the John Moores University in Liverpool (UK). More information can be found here.

For more information, contact Aukje Sannen


Healthy schools: A prevention program

The Healthy School Prevention Program is a school-based prevention program for elementary and middle school students about alcohol, drug use, and tobacco use. In conjunction with educators, municipalities, and families, the Health School Prevention Program staff assists in the development of school policies on alcohol, drug use, and smoking, educating students, identifying and helping students with substance abuse problems, and working with parents and families.

For more information, contact Jeroen Lammers


How can I help my kids say 'No' to tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis?

The Trimbos Institute and STIVORO, the former Dutch knowledge center for tobacco control, launched a joint campaign entitled How Can I Help My Kids Say "No" to Tobacco, Alcohol, and Cannabis?. The campaign website provides concrete tips and information about parenting, teens and addiction (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gaming), healthy lifestyle choices, and other sensitive topics. Parents can also read the experiences of other parents and watch a video in which parents talk to their kids about resisting temptations.

For more information, contact Matthijs Oud


NIX18

NIX18 is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport in collaboration with numerous partners such as the Trimbos Institute. The aim of NIX18 is to uphold the social standard of “No drinking and smoking before the age of 18”. The Trimbos Institute is responsible for researching the effectiveness of this campaign. Moreover, the Trimbos Institute assists local initiatives that further the aim of NIX18, including making non-alcoholic drinks more attractive. The Trimbos Institute also supports the national implementation of local initiatives such as these. More about NIX18 can be found at the Dutch-language site here.

For more information, contact Ingrid Schulten


Smoker's Infoline

Staff at the Smoker's Infoline provide advice and information about tobacco use and quitting smoking, based on the latest findings from research. People can call the infoline anonymously for advice and information about the risks of smoking, facts and figures about smoking, and tips to support quitting smoking for good.

For more information, contact Marloes Kleinjan


Smoker's Infoline website

The Smoker's Infoline website provides advice and information about tobacco use and quitting smoking, based on the latest findings from research. People can visit the Dutch-language website for information about the risks of smoking, facts and figures about smoking, and tips to support quitting smoking for good.

For more information, contact Marloes Kleinjan


Supporting alcohol, drugs, and tobacco control policy work in municipalities

Researchers, implementation designers, and policy developers from the Trimbos Institute advise municipalities in the Netherlands and abroad on effective drug, alcohol, and tobacco control policies and laws. These efforts include translating scientific findings to local arenas, developing adherence and enforcement strategies, designing prevention programs for teens and young adults, conducting research at the local level, and meeting the specific, unique needs of different nations, counties, villages, and cities.

For more information, contact Ingrid Schulten


Tobacco policy development for organizations

Researchers and policymakers at the Trimbos Institute assist organizations in developing roadmaps to address tobacco use among employees. A typical roadmap contains an employee survey, education sessions about the harms of smoking, developing a new tobacco control policy for the organization, implementing the new policy, and following up to learn the state of affairs a year later.