Karl Fagerström

Smoker's Information Centre, Sweden

Karl Olov Fagerström studied at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and graduated as a licensed clinical psychologist in 1975. At that time, he started to run a smoking cessation clinic. In 1981, he got his Ph.D. degree on a dissertation about nicotine dependence and smoking cessation. In the end of the seventies and early eighties, he served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Scandinavian Journal for Behavior Therapy. From 1983 through 1997, he worked for Pharmacia and Upjohn as the Director of the Scientific Information for Nicotine Replacement Products. He has worked with the nicotine gum Nicorette since 1975 and has been contributing to NRT developments such as patch, spray, and inhaler. Ever since 1975, he has been working clinically part-time. Currently, he works with his own private consultancy (Fagerström Consulting and the Smokers Information Center). He is a Founding Member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He started the European affiliate in 1999 of which he has been the President up to 2003. In 2003, he also became the President elect of the mother SRNT. His main research contributions have been in the fields of behavior medicine, tobacco, and nicotine with over 100 peer-reviewed publications of which he is the first author of 75. The current main interest is on reducing harm and exposure to tobacco toxins among all those who cannot give up smoking. He has given the name to a nicotine dependence scale (The Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence) and was awarded the WHO Medal 1999 for outstanding work in tobacco control.

Biography Updated on 6 February 2012

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