Marc Willemsen


Principal Investigator, ITC Netherlands
Department of Health Promotion, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands

Prof. Marc C. Willemsen holds an endowed professorship in Tobacco Control Research at the School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Department of Health Promotion, Maastricht University. He is also a Scientific Director at the Netherlands Expertise Center for Tobacco Control at the Trimbos Institute. He has an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Public Health.

He has conducted various studies in the field of tobacco control and has published on various tobacco control topics, including harm reduction, genetic aspects of smoking, the efficacy of cessation methods, computer tailoring as a cessation aid, smoking prevention programs for adolescents, and determinants of smoking onset and smoking cessation. He is co-editor of a comprehensive textbook on tobacco control for Dutch medical professionals and an expert in the development of the Dutch clinical guidelines for smoking cessation. He is one of the coordinators of a Dutch Knowledge Centre on implementation of tobacco cessation interventions for the medical profession and was Principal Investigator of the ESCHER project (European Smoking Cessation Helplines Evaluation Research). His current scientific interests focus on public health aspects of tobacco control, including tobacco policy. He recently wrote, and is currently writing a book on Dutch Tobacco Policy.

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