Promoting the development of champions in tobacco treatment and control

1-cornelCornel Radu-Loghin
European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention
1-flag Belgium
22 September 2015

Cornel Radu-Loghin is the Secretary General of the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), a position he has held since May 2015. Previously, he served as the ENSP Director of Policy and Strategy where he was responsible for coordinating and advocating the ENSP policies at the EU level, working in concert with European organizations involved in tobacco control and health promotion.

Overall, Radu-Loghin has more than two decades of experience in tobacco control at the national and international levels. He also served for three years as a board member for the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) where he helped develop the organization’s 2013 strategic plan. Other experience in this arena includes building and managing grass-roots tobacco control organizations at the country level, setting up a formal national coalition (Romanian Network for Smoking Prevention) and managing projects funded by the American Cancer Society, the Open Society Institute, the Bloomberg Initiative, the European Commission and the World Bank. He is also a founding member of AER PUR ROMANIA.

With an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), he has experience lobbying and advocating for FCTC ratification and implementation. Radu-Loghin holds a BA from Bucharest University followed by a Policy Research Fellowship at Central European University in Budapest.

In March 2015 he initiated in cooperation with Dr. Constantine Vardavas from Greece the new ENSP scientific peer reviewed journal, Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. This is the only European journal that has a sole aim to encompass all aspects of tobacco use, prevention and cessation that can promote a tobacco-free Europe. The aim of the journal is to foster, promote and disseminate research involving tobacco use, prevention and policy implementation at a regional, national or international level. Its logo depicts its holistic approach to a tobacco free society.

Tobacco Prevention & Cessation publishes research papers, review papers, short reports, policy case studies, study protocols, industry monitoring letters and letters to the editor and is governed by an independent scientific and layman editorial board. The editorial board is comprised of editors from a plethora of EU MS, (Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, UK, Greece, Germany, Poland, Spain, Malta, Romania, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ireland, Austria, Slovenia, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia) and 11 non-EU countries (US, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Uruguay, Turkey, Syria, South Africa, South Korea, Fillipines). The journal and its articles are available at www.tobaccopreventioncessation.com.

Tobacco Prevention & Cessation adheres to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) with regards to authorship criteria, reporting of conflicts of interest and funding policies. Moreover, the journal also uses advanced plagiarism detection software. The combination of both ICMJE guidelines and plagiarism software ensures the high quality of articles that will be published.

Tobacco Prevention & Cessation is also a member of Cross-Ref, hence all articles published in TPC will receive a unique Digital Object Identification number (DOI) that will allow for its handling, citation, referencing and indexing within international databases (i.e. Pubmed, EMBASE, Scopus, Web of Science etc.). Moreover, its submission is performed through an online system.

Radu-Loghin currently serves as the co-PI and program manager for EPACTT – EuroPean Accreditation Curriculum on Tobacco Treatment, a project funded through a partnership between Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) and Global Bridges. The EPACTT project draws upon the extensive resources of ENSP, and also involves the American University of Armenia, Anlet Med Romania, (a small clinical research company) and also partners in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

EPACTT seeks to develop an accreditation curriculum for tobacco cessation clinicians in Eastern Europe and to build a network of accredited healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment and advocates for tobacco control policies.

(The) “EPACTT Project is based on and uses the extensive network of ENSP, the only European network actively involved in the FCTC Article 14 implementation. This project promotes the development of champions in tobacco treatment and control,” according to Radu-Loghin. Ultimately, developing this capacity in Eastern Europe will expand the Global Bridges Network by adding multiple accredited clinicians from the region.