Quitline Manager Training in China

Cigarettes are a big problem for China. 360 million Chinese people smoke, equal to the population of the United States. 72 percent of the population is exposed to secondhand smoke and one million people die each year due to tobacco related diseases. The Chinese are taking steps toward reducing tobacco use by meeting provisions of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) treaty and the MPOWER package.

The Chinese CDC is looking to international experts for guidance and training in the establishment of cessation services, known as quitlines or QLs. Though it is building a national QL into the 12320 Health Line that provides a range of referrals and information, current Chinese QLs only have one or two trained counselors. For assistance in training health professionals to provide referrals to QLs, the Chinese CDC has enlisted the help of the International Quitline Institute (IQI).

IQI, a partnership between the University of Washington and Alere Health, was created in 2011 to help countries develop and improve existing QLs. In August, Ken Wassum and Etta Short of IQI traveled to a QL manager training session in Shanghai to share knowledge and skills in the areas of protocols, training, and promotion with more than 100 QL managers from most provinces. The training was developed under the leadership of Dongbo Fu, WHO. Rounding out the training faculty were Tim MacAfee, CDC; and Jintana Yunibhand, Thailand National Quitline. Min Kyung Lim, National Cancer Control Research Institute, National Cancer Center, Korea and Erik Auguston, National Cancer Institute. At the end of two jam-packed days, the trainees created comprehensive plans of action with very specific, sometimes aggressive goals.

Remarks to attendees emphasized the importance of the training in achieving tobacco control goals. “This is the biggest training in China for 12320. Representatives from 29 provinces are attending this workshop. Funding is not large, but quitlines are cost effective and it is our job to do our do best to benefit the public. The national government is providing funding for the quitline services; this makes it everyone’s responsibility to make the quitline successful,” to Ying Cui, Deputy Director, National 12320 Management Center.

Click here for the full report on the training session in the Resources section containing:

  • Summary of China’s progress towards MPOWER goals
  • Background on China’s development of QL services
  • Information on international partners supporting China’s QL development
  • Details of speakers, meetings convened and topics addressed at and after the training session

Photos from the event:

Ken and Etta at the China CDC Manager Training


Dr. Yuan Jiang, Associate Director Tobacco Control China CDC


Open Ceremony Panel