Karl Fagerstrom

Karl O. Fagerstrom is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in nicotine dependence and smoking cessation. He started a smoking cessation clinic in 1975 and invented the Fagerstrom Test for nicotine dependence that is widely used worldwide by researchers, clinicians and regulatory agencies.

n the 1970s and 1980s he served as the editor in chief for the Scandinavian Journal of Behaviour Therapy.

Currently he works with his own private consultancy, Fagerstrom Consulting. Fagerstrom is a founding member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and is currently a deputy editor of Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

He started the SRNT’s European affiliate in 1999 and served as its first president. His main research contributions have been in the fields of behavioral medicine, tobacco and nicotine, with more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, including 95 for which he is the first author.

His current main interest is reducing harm and exposure to tobacco toxins. Fagerstrom was awarded a World Health Organization medal in 1999 for outstanding work in tobacco control, and he was the recipient of the 2013 Award on Clinical Science from the SRNT.