Union Courses

Tobacco Control Courses

Tobacco Control Courses

The Union offers training 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 practices.

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MPOWER/WHO FCTC training course

The MPOWER/WHO FCTC training course provides a basic understanding of the six elements of MPOWER interventions and equips participants with skills necessary to develop and implement effective evidence-based tobacco control policies.

Protect people from tobacco smoke

This training addresses the background and rationale for smoke-free environments and shares best practices and lessons learnt from around the world. Topics cover obligations under WHO FCTC Article 8, development of smoke-free legislation, engagement of civil society and public support, working with media, countering tobacco industry arguments and tactics, and implementation strategies to ensure high compliance with legislation.


Warn about the dangers of tobacco smoke

This training covers the technical, policy and legislative considerations for regulating tobacco packaging and labelling, including graphic warning labels, misleading terminology and plain packaging outlined in Article 11 of the WHO FCTC. The course draws on the experience of jurisdictions that have implemented effective packaging policies to address development of legislation; design and testing of potential images and labels; countering tobacco industry arguments and tactics; and implementation, promotion 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 and the myths used by the tobacco industry to deter increases in tobacco taxes.




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 concepts, issues, tools and necessary skills for effective collaboration. Coalitions are highly contextual; therefore, this course is designed in topical modules to flexibly address specific audience needs and interests relative to collaboration and in relation to specific tobacco control policies. Issues addressed include vision and mission, membership, leadership, strategic planning, governance and operations, communication and conflict resolution.

Tobacco-free health care facilities

This seminar covers the steps and tools needed to implement tobacco-free health care facilities. It promotes smoke-free and tobacco-free health care campuses, as well as 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 them identify resources and provide follow-up support to implement, enforce and monitor their action plan.

Smoke-free implementation and enforcement

A significant gap often exists between tobacco control policy and enforcement. Loopholes in legislation can make enforcement ineffective, and public resistance- especially from managers of public places and public transport, government officials and even some enforcement officers and judges- can further disrupt implementation.

Stopping tobacco industry interference

This training covers the key legislative and policy elements of a strategy to safeguard laws and policies from tobacco industry interference. Participants will learn about categories of tobacco industry interference and model frameworks and strategies for preventing and countering industry interference. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and review existing national (or sub-national) laws and implementation guidelines, identifying opportunities and challenges for more effective implementation and enforcement of legislation and policy consistent with WHO FCTC Article 5.3. They will examine the key principles and international best practices of effective implementation, enforcement and evaluation and demonstrate enhanced knowledge of key implementation and enforcement procedures, strategies and techniques pertaining to legislation, policy and other measures consistent with WHO FCTC Article 5.3.

Working towards a tobacco-free health care facility

This seminar aims to support senior health care facility personnel to implement tobacco-free health care facilities. A tobacco-free health care facility should consist of tobacco-free buildings, and preferably grounds. If smoking is allowed outside, it should be in a designated area and, if possible, for patients and visitors only. It should also provide routine smoking cessation support to patients who smoke and family members who expose patients to tobacco smoke in the home. Cessation support should also be accessible to staff.

Legal workshops for tobacco control

Legislation is at the heart of tobacco control and the progress of WHO FCTC implementation in various regions has lead different stakeholders to start lodging appeals against tobacco control laws. The legal arguments wielded by interest groups and the subsequent court decisions show that tobacco control proponents need to become more competent in handling legal cases.