The ITC Netherlands Project Wave 1 launched in April 2008. Wave 3 of The Survey is expected to be completed in May 2009. The Netherlands ratified the FCTC in January 2005.
Country Profile:
Capital City Amsterdam
Population (2007 estimate) 16,570,613
Life expectancy (2005 estimate) Men: 77 years, Women: 81 years
Healthy life expectancy (2005 estimate) Men: 70 years, Women: 73 years
Ethnic groups Dutch 83%, other 17% (of which 9% are non-Western origin mainly Turks, Moroccans, Antilleans, Surinamese, and Indonesians)
GDP per capita (2005) $32,480
Median age (2007) 39.7 years
Literacy 99%
Smoking Prevalence and Related Costs:
  • 38.3% of males and 30.3% of females smoke
Smoking Policies:
  • in May 2003, the Netherlands was the first European country to introduce warning labels on cigarette packages
  • partial ban on advertising and promotion
  • smoking is banned in public places, except for hospitality
  • hospitality ban will be put in place on July 1, 2008
  • tax increases will also be put on tobacco on July 1, 2008
  • In July 2008, smoking was banned in the hospitality industry and sport canteens.
ITC Researchers:
Marc Willemsen (Head of Research) STIVORO
Gera Nagelhout Maastricht University

Matty Crone Leiden University Medical Centre

Hein de Vries Maastricht University
Bas van den Putte University of Amsterdam
Netherlands Contact Information
Lorraine Craig, Project Manager. Email:
Marc Willemsen, Principal Investigator. Email:
Sources: WHO Website country profiles, WHO MPower Report (2008), INWAT Europe website

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