Union Courses

Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control Courses

The Union’s tobacco control courses are designed to strengthen capacity for effective tobacco control programmes in countries with the highest burden of tobacco use. Technical training courses help countries meet requirements under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The courses are based on WHO FCTC guidelines, the MPOWER tobacco control strategy and global best practice.

To find out more or to register for a tobacco control course, email unioncourses@theunion.org.

Learn more about The Union’s work on tobacco control at tobaccofreeunion.org.



MPOWER/WHO FCTC training course

The MPOWER/WHO FCTC training course provides training on the WHO FCTC and the six MPOWER measures. It equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and implement effective evidence-based tobacco control policies.

Protect people from tobacco smoke

This training covers the rationale behind 100 percent smoke-free environments and shares best practice for legislation and implementation from around the world. Topics cover obligations under WHO FCTC Article 8, development of smoke-free legislation, engagement with civil society and building public support, working with media, countering tobacco industry tactics, and implementation strategies to ensure high compliance.


Warn about the dangers of tobacco smoke

This training covers policy, legislation and technical considerations for regulating tobacco packaging and labeling. It includes bans on misleading terminology, graphic health warnings, and plain tobacco packaging, as outlined in Article 11 of the WHO FCTC. The course draws on the experience of jurisdictions that have implemented effective packaging policies- design and testing of messaging and images for graphic health warnings; countering tobacco industry tactics; implementation and evaluation of packaging measures.

Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

This workshop focuses on the adoption and implementation of legislation to comprehensively ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS), as required by Article 13 of the WHO FCTC.

Raise taxes on tobacco

This workshop addresses the impact of tobacco price and affordability on consumption; types of tobacco taxes; administration of taxes; myths used by the tobacco industry to deter policymakers from introducing effective tobacco taxes for tobacco control.





Effective coalition building for tobacco control

Collaboration among individuals and groups is one of the most powerful processes for achieving policy change in tobacco control. This course teaches the key strategies, tools and skills necessary for effective collaboration. As coalitions are highly contextual, this modular course is designed to address specific audience needs. Issues addressed include vision and mission, membership, leadership, strategic planning, governance and operations, communication and conflict resolution.

Tobacco-free health care facilities

This course provides a step-by-step guide to create tobacco-free health care facilities. These facilities include tobacco cessation support for staff, patients and their family members. The seminar environment allows senior health care facility personnel an opportunity to formulate a strategic plan to implement a tobacco-free health care facility policy in discussion with peers. The Union will also help participants identify resources and provide follow-up support to implement, enforce and monitor action plans.

Smoke-free implementation and enforcement

This course looks at how legal loopholes in smoke-free laws can lead to poor enforcement. Participants will review existing legislation and identify options for strengthening laws in light of international best practice.

Stopping tobacco industry interference

Participants will learn about the range of tactics used by the tobacco industry to obstruct public health policy. The training will then cover effective strategies to prevent and counter tobacco industry interference. Existing national and sub-national laws, and implementation guidelines, will be reviewed to identify opportunities for improvement. Teaching will include countries’ obligations under Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC which covers preventing tobacco industry interference. Key principles drawn from international best practices on Article 5.3 will be examined. This course also provides space for sharing experiences.

Legal workshops for tobacco control

Strong legislation is at the heart of effective tobacco control. As the impact of the WHO FCTC begins to be felt, legal challenges to tobacco control policies are increasing. This course covers past and current court actions, trends in legal challenges, and how industry tactics can be monitored and intelligence shared globally. The purpose of this training is to upskill tobacco control proponents for effective handling of legal cases designed to delay, obstruct or prevent implementation of life-saving policies.