December 15, 2011 until May 31, 2013, the North American Quitline Consortium
(NAQC) developed and implemented a pilot project dedicated to supporting
nations with new and developing quitlines. The Global Quitline Network’s (GQN)
mission was to support implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on
Tobacco Control cessation-related obligations, thus improving the global
infrastructure for delivery of high quality cessation services to those who
want to quit tobacco. GQN’s work was focused on improving the quality of
quitline services through peer-to-peer e-networking and problem-solving and
ensuring access to critical evidence, tools, resources and information.
was led by NAQC with guidance from advisors that include theEuropean
Network of Quitlines, Asian Pacific Quitline Network, Global Bridges, Hollings
Cancer Center and Alere Wellbeing. More than 50 countries currently have at
least one national toll-free quitline with a live person available to provide
cessation assistance to some or all of the population. However, there are
marked differences in capacity, infrastructure and quality of services provided
among high-, medium-, and low-income countries and very few recommended
standards for protocols, procedures, operations and evaluation. Building
relationships with healthcare delivery systems to improve reach and access,
determining effective methods to create demand for cessation services and
promote the quitline and developing service model offerings are three of the
most important tasks ahead for countries with new and developing quitlines. GQN
has worked to provide guidance on these and other quality-related issues.
this important pilot project closes on May 31, 2013, NAQC invites you to
continue to make use of the GQN Web site, as well as the Global Map of Quitlines.
Please note that the last major content update was made to the website in
January 2013. Should you have any questions about the project, our many
lessons-learned or how to contact us please email Tamatha Thomas-Haase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
hope to continue this work in the future and until then, many thanks to our
dedicated GQN participants who, over the past years, have shared their wisdom
and experience in hopes of strengthening quitlines around the world.