Project Quit Tobacco International: laying the groundwork for tobacco cessation in low- and middle-income countries

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2010 Jul;22(3 Suppl):181S-188S. doi: 10.1177/1010539510373023.


The 3 aims of Project Quit Tobacco International are to design a tobacco curriculum for medical colleges, develop culturally appropriate approaches to clinic and community-based tobacco cessation, and to build tobacco research and training networks within India and Indonesia as a prototype for other countries. This article describes pilot interventions being launched in 10 medical colleges in these 2 countries to (a) integrate tobacco into their 4-year training programs, ( b) establish illness-specific cessation clinics, and (c) involve colleges in community outreach efforts to promote smoke-free households. This article reports on lessons learned, challenges faced, and successes realized to date.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / organization & administration
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Cultural Competency
  • Curriculum
  • Developing Countries
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Family / psychology
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • International Cooperation*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Schools, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Prevention