Global Bridges: Development and Analysis of a Tobacco Treatment Network

Scott J. Leischow, J. Taylor Hays, Thomas J. Glynn, Katherine E. Kemper, Janet Okamoto, Richard D. Hurt

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The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) set standards for global tobacco control, including the implementation of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment. However, efforts to implement tobacco treatment programmes globally have been few. In order to expand tobacco treatment expertise and programmes, a new network called Global Bridges (GB) was established. This network provided training in tobacco treatment and opportunities to share best practices on implementation of tobacco dependence treatment and training programmes. In this analysis of the GB network, we found that 75% of the network members attended trainings, 60% disseminated knowledge gained through GB training, and network centralization was high (0.85). These results demonstrate initial success in network implementation, and create a foundation for expanded focus on tobacco treatment globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Smoking Cessation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • global
  • low and middle income country
  • network analysis
  • tobacco treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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