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marc-willemsenMarc Willemsen

Department of Health Promotion, CAPHRI, University of Maastricht


Maastricht University








  • My research focus is on public health aspects of tobacco use and on the adoption and effectiveness of tobacco control policy interventions.
  • I am Principal Investigator on the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Netherlands Study, which aims to examine the impact of FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) measures on smokers, by comparing effects within and across countries.
  • Through the SILNE project we also studied the differential impact of tobacco control on different socio-economic status groups. This project continues in 2015-2018 as the SILNE-R project.
  • Recent research focusses on factors affecting the (speed of) ¬†adoption of national tobacco control policy and includes tobacco industry document research.
  • New research projects are being conducted and focus on the tobacco product itself, including tobacco retail environment, point-of-sale restrictions, and electronic cigarettes.

Key publications

  • Willemsen, M.C., Kiselinova, M., Nagelhout, G.E., Joossens, L., & Knibbe, R.A. (2012). Association of smoking and concern about passive smoking with tobacco control policies: An ecological study. BMC Public Health,12:876. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-876.
  • Willemsen, M.C., Segaar, D., & van Schayck, C.P. (2012). Population impact of reimbursement for smoking cessation: A natural experiment in the Netherlands. Addiction published online: 1 NOV 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04089.x
  • Borland, R., Li, Lin, Driezen, P., Wilson, N., Hammond, D., Thompson, M.E., Fong, G.T., Mons, U., Willemsen, M.C, McNeil, A., Trasher, J., & Cummings, K.M. (2012). Cessation assistance reported by smokers in 15 countries participating in the International Tobacco Control (ITC) policy evaluation surveys. Addiction, 107, 197-205. Doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03636.x
  • McNeill, A., Craig, L., Willemsen, M.C., Fong, G.T. (2012) Tobacco control in Europe: A deadly lack of progress. European Journal of Public Health. 22(Suppl 1), 1-3. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckr201
  • Rennen, E., Nagelhout, G.E., van den Putte, B., Janssen, E., Mons, U., Guignard, R., Beck, F., de Vries, H., Trasher, J.F., & Willemsen, M.C. (2013). Associations between tobacco control policy awareness, social acceptability of smoking and smoking cessation. Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Europe Surveys. Health Education Research, 29, 72-82. doi:10.1093/her/cyt073.
  • Willemsen, M.C. & Nagelhout, G.E. (2015). Country differences and changes in focus of scientific tobacco control publications between 2000 and 2012 in Europe. European Addiction Research (accepted). DOI: 10.1159/000381674