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Health behavior change among multi-problem households in Apeldoorn

Adults and children from multi-problem households are often less healthy than others. Smoking prevalence is higher, physical activity is lower, nutrition is less healthy, and alcoholism is more prevalent. In this project, that started in 2016, we aim to develop and test a community-wide multi-component intervention for health behavior change for multi-problem families in Apeldoorn. More at:


Continuous Abstinence through Corporate Healthcare (CATCH)

The CATCH study started in 2015. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether adding a financial incentive to behavioral support (compared with no additional incentive) is effective and cost-effective in increasing abstinence rates in tobacco smoking employees participating in a smoking cessation group training. I am supervising a PhD student who runs this project. More at:


Looking at Economic Analyses of Drugs and Economic Recession (LEADER)

The goal of the LEADER project, 2015-2016, was to enhance the economic analyses of illicit drugs through two core objectives: the development of methodologies to estimate the social costs of illicit drug use; and, to review the impact of economic crises on drug use and drug policies. More at:


Tackling Socioeconomic Inequalities in smoking: Learning from Natural Experiments (SILNE)

The SILNE project, 2012-2014, aimed to analyze several 'natural experiments' available within Europe in order to generate new empirical evidence to inform strategies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in smoking. I have worked on one of the work packages of this European project as a post-doctoral researcher at Maastricht University (CAPHRI). We used data from the ITC Project (see below) to examine socioeconomic differences in the impact of tobacco control policies on smoking cessation. More at:


PhD study on the impact of smoke-free legislation on smoking

From 2008 to 2012, I have worked as a PhD student at Maastricht University (CAPHRI). My PhD study was about the impact of smoke-free legislation on smoking. I received cum laude for my PhD thesis and also the Dutch Public Health Prize (Volksgezondheidsprijs). My PhD thesis can be downloaded from


International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) Project

The Netherlands is part of the ITC Project since 2008. ITC is the first-ever international cohort study of tobacco use and aims to evaluate the impact of tobacco control policies around the world. I have used ITC Netherlands data for most of the studies that are part of my PhD thesis. I was also responsible for the project management and survey development. Currently, I am supervising two PhD students who work on this project. More at:


SimSmoke tobacco control policy simulation model

I'm using the SimSmoke simulation Model to project the effect of tobacco control policies in the Netherlands on smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths. SimSmoke is developed by Professor David Levy from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. More at:


Theme publications smoking in the Netherlands

Together with my collegues from STIVORO, I have analyzed and described trends in smoking in the Netherlands with data from the Dutch Continuous Survey of Smoking Habits (DCSSH). We have written Dutch language theme reports (themapublicaties) about trends in the use of smoking cessation aids, quit smoking advice by general practitioners, socio-economic differences in smoking, social acceptability of smoking in the hospitality industry, image of non-smoking youth, and second-hand smoking around children.