Lars Ramstrom since 1990 Director of the Institute for Tobacco Studies, Stockholm, Sweden, an independent research institute focusing on the epidemiology of tobacco use and related policy matters. From 1967 to 1989 Director of the National Smoking and Health Association, a governmentally supported NGO dealing with tobacco control matters. Originally trained in natural science, thereafter supplementary studies in different tobacco-related sciences. International engagements with various organizations including periods of employment as consultant in WHO, participation in WHO Expert Committees, member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Smoking and Health, Honorary Vice President of ICAA (International Council on Alcohol and Addictions) and chair of the ICAA Section on nicotine. Recipient of the 1988 WHO Award Medal for Achievements in Tobacco Control. Organizer and Secretary General of the Fourth World Conference on Smoking and Health in 1979. Author of articles in the scientific literature and reviewer for a number of medical science journals.