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The Department of Tobacco Control’s online training courses provide accessible and convenient opportunities to increase knowledge and build capacity.  Our e-learning modules cover key areas of tobacco control. 

 

Who are these courses for?

Our online training courses are designed for the following professionals:

  • Government representatives responsible for drafting, implementing, enforcing and evaluating tobacco control legislation.
  • Bloomberg Initiative grantees and project leaders in priority countries.
  • Representatives of civil society working to encourage governments to introduce tobacco control policies.
  • Staff from BI partner organisations who support the work of other participants.

How much do they cost?

Free

How do I sign up?

To sign up click on the link…it’s self-registration. 

Are they accredited?

Not yet, but we're working on it with some universities.

 

Courses available now:

Smokefree Implementation and Enforcement
English. Estimated time 2 hours 

Introduction to International Trade Law and Tobacco Control
English. Estimated time 3 hours

Article 5.3 – Stopping Tobacco Industry Interference
English. Estimated time 2 hours

Tobacco-Free Sports Events: Training for Volunteers
Russian. Estimated time 30 minutes 

 

 

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

Europe Office, Department of Tobacco Control

8 Randolph Crescent

Edinburgh

EH3 7TH

United Kingdom

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Telephone: (+44) 131 22 62 428

 

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

Headquarters

68 boulevard Saint Michel

75006 Paris

France

Telephone: (+33) 1 44 32 03 60

The Department of Tobacco Control publishes new research each year. Recent position and discussion papers have been written on emerging issues including e-cigarettes, NCDs and tobacco control, trade agreements and their impact on tobacco control legislation, and sustainable funding for tobacco control programmes.

The following papers, arranged by country, were published between 2013 and now. For more information about any of these publications please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Union Department of Tobacco Control, Edinburgh

Latif E, Nair M, (2016) E-cigarettes: a need to broaden the debate. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 20(11): 1430-1435

Jackson-Morris A, Latif E. Index of Tobacco Control Sustainability: a tool to measure the sustainability of national tobacco control programmes. Tobacco Control, BMJ. 2016 Apr

Jackson-Morris A, Bleymann K, Lyall E, Aslam F, Singh Bam T, Chowdhury I, Daouda EA, Espinosa M, Romo J, Singh RJ, Semple S (2016) Low-cost air quality monitoring methods to assess compliance with smoke-free regulations: a multi-center study in six low and middle-income countries. Nicotine & Tobacco Research

Jackson-Morris AM, Fujiwara P, Pevsner E (2015) Clearing the smoke around the TB-HIV syndemic: Smoking as a critical issue for TB and HIV treatment and care.Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2015 Sep;19(9):1003-6  

Latif E, Warner V (2015) Legislation and Smoking Prevention. Loddenkemper R, Kreuter M (eds): The Tobacco Epidemic, ed 2, rev. and ext. Prog Respir Res. Basel, Karger; 42:136-148

Jackson-Morris A, Latif E (2013) Strengthening government tobacco control in low /middle income countries: a 'must do' for lung health progress. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis., 17 (8):997-1000.

Bam TS, Bellew W, Berezhnova I, Jackson-Morris A, Jones A, Latif E, Molinari MA, Quan G, Singh RJ, Wisotzky M (2014) Position statement on electronic cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems'. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis., 18(1):5–7.

Schraufnagel DE, Latif E (2014) Non-communicable diseases, tobacco, and The Union. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis., 18(10):1139-1140(2) [editorial]

Jackson-Morris A, Chowdhury I, Warner V, Bleymann K (2015) Multi-Stakeholder Taskforces in Bangladesh — A Distinctive Approach to Build Sustainable Tobacco Control Implementation. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 12(1), 474-48

 

Bangladesh

Siddiquea BN, Islam MA, Bam TS, Satyanarayana S, Enarson DA, Reid AJ, Husain Md.A, Ahmed SM, Ferdous S, Ishikawa N (2013) High quit rate among smokers with tuberculosis in a modified smoking cessation programme in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Public Health Action, 3(3):243-246

 

China

L. Xiao, Y. Jiang, X. Liu, Y. Li, Q. Gan, F. Liu (2016) Smoking reduced in urban restaurants: the effect of Beijing Smoking Control Regulation, Tobacco Control BMJ

Y. Lin, L-X. Wang, L-X. Qiu, Q. Huang, Q. Shu, H-X. Lin, X. Meng, X-L. Zeng, L-X. Xiao, T. S. Bam, and C-Y. Chiang (2015) A smoking cessation intervention among tuberculosis patients in rural China. Public Health Action. 2015 Sep 21; 5(3): 183–187

Yang T, Abdullah AS, Li L, Rockett, IRH, Lin Y, Ying J, Guo W, Wu D, Li M (2013) Public place smoke-free regulations, secondhand smoke exposure and related beliefs, awareness, attitudes, and practices among Chinese urban residents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 10(6): 2370-2383

Benowitz NL, Gan Q, Goniewicz ML, Lu W, Xu J, Li X, Jacob P III, Glantz S (2014) Different profiles of carcinogen exposure in Chinese compared with US cigarette smokers. Tob Control, doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051945. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Egypt

Radwan GN, Latif S, Amin N, Galal D, Aziz M, Attia E (2014) Occupational exposure to second hand smoke and respiratory and sensory symptoms: across-sectional survey of hospital workers in Egypt. Int J Occup Med Environ Health, 27(1):60-70

 

India

Kumar AM, Satyanarayana S, Berger SD, Chadha SS, Singh RJ, Lal P, Tonsing J, Harries AD (2015) Promoting operational research through fellowships: a case study from the South-East Asia Union Office. Public Health Action, 5(1): 6-16

Goel S, Singh RJ, Tripathy JP (2015) Impact of modular training on tobacco control on the knowledge of health workers in two jurisdictions of northern India. Indian Journal of Cancer, 52(4):685-688

Singh RJ, Lal P (2016) Tobacco Control in India: where are we? IJTLD

Lal P, Kumar R, Ray S, Sharma N, Bhattarcharya B, Mishra D, Sinha MK, Christian A, Rathinam A, Singh G (2015) The Single Cigarette Economy in India - a Back of the Envelope Survey to Estimate its Magnitude.BMC Public Health, 15:604 doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1972-2

Sharma S, Singh M, Lal P, Goel S (2015) Predictors of tobacco use among youth in India: GATS 2009-2010 survey. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev., 16(17): 7535-40.

Lal P, Srinath S, Goel S, Singh RJ, Sharma D, Kumar R, Bera O (2015) Unravelling India’s tobacco epidemic- priorities and recommendations for the second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).Global Health Promotion, 22:7-19. 

Lal P, Goel S, Sharma D (2015) In harm’s way: tobacco industry revenues from sales to underage tobacco users in India. Global Health Promotion, pii: 1757975914567927. 

Kumar R, Chauhan G, Satyanarayana S, Lal P, Singh RJ, Wilson NC (2013) Assessing compliance to smoke-free legislation: results of a sub-national survey in Himachal Pradesh, India. WHO South-East Asia J Public Health Journal, 2:52-6

Goel S, Ravindra K, Singh RJ, Sharma D (2013) Effective smoke free policies in achieving high level of compliance with smoke free law- Experience from a district of North India. Tob Control, doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050673

R. Kumar, S. Goel, P. Lal, D. Sharma, R. Singh (2013) Refining compliance surveys to measure the smokefree status of jurisdictions using the Delphi method. Public Health Action; 3(4): 1–4

Kaur J, Sachdeva KS, Modi B, Jain DC, Chauhan LS, Dave P, Singh RJ, Wilson N (2013) Promoting tobacco cessation by integrating 'brief advice' in tuberculosis control programme. WHO South-East Asia J Public Health, 2:28-33

Lal P, Srinath S, Goel S, Singh RJ, Sharma D, Kumar R, Bera O (2014) Unravelling India's tobacco epidemic - priorities and recommendations for the second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). Global Health Promot, pii: 1757975914536914. [Epub ahead of print]

Goel S, Singh RJ, Sharma D, Singh A (2014) Public opinion about smoking and smoke free legislation in a district of North India. Indian J Cancer, 51(3):330-334

Goel S, Tripathy JP, Singh RJ, Lal P (2014) Smoking trends among women in India: Analysis of nationally representative surveys (1993-2009). South Asian J Cancer, 3(4):200-202

Kumar R, Goel S, Harries AD, Lal P, Singh RJ, Kumar AM, Wilson NC (2014) How good is compliance with smoke free legislation in India? Results of 38 subnational surveys. Int Health, 6(3):189-195

Goel S, Kumar R, Tripathi J, Singh RJ, Rathinam A, Christian A (2014) How compliant are tobacco vendors to India's tobacco control legislation on ban of advertisements at point of sale? A three jurisdictions review. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev, 15(24):10637-42

Goel S, Ravindra K, Singh RJ, Sharma D (2014) Effective smoke-free policies in achieving a high-level of compliance with smoke-free law: experiences from a district of North India. Tob Control, 23(4):291-4 doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050673. Epub 2013 Jan 15.

Lal P, Kumar R, Ray S, Sharma N, Bhattarcharya B, Mishra D, Sinha MK, Christian A, Rathinam A, Singh G (2015) The Single Cigarette Economy in India - a Back of the Envelope Survey to Estimate its Magnitude. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev, 16(13):5579-82

 

Indonesia

Bam T, Aditama T, Chiang C-Y, Rubeah R, Suhaemi A (2015) Smoking cessation and smokefree environments for tuberculosis patients in Indonesia - a cohort study. BMC Public Health, 15:604 doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1972-2

 

Mexico

Soñora G,Carballo J,Vedovato L (2015) Controle do tabaco no Uruguai. O caso Philip Morris vs. Uruguai."Revista Iberoamericana de Derecho Internacional y de la Integración" 

Molinari M, Sóñora G, Garrido Herrero L (2010) Development of capacities for tobacco control in Latin America. National Institute of Public Health, Salud Pública México, 52(2):298-303

Manual for Developing Tobacco Control Legislation in the Region of the Americas. Washington, DC: PAHO, 2013

Molinari M, Sóñora G, Galhardo Ferreira Vianna C (2014) A legal perspective on protecting public health policies for controlling tobacco from the tobacco industry interference, Virtual Journal of School of Law of the Order of Lawyers of Brazil, V(17)

 

Philippines

Bellew W, Antonio M, Limpin M, Alzona L, Trinidad F, Dorotheo U, Yapchiongco R, Garcia R, Anden A, Alday J (2013) Addressing the tobacco epidemic in the Philippines: progress since ratification of the WHO FCTC [Review article]. Public Health Action, 3(21): 103-108(6)

 

Russia

O.A. Sukhovskaya, I.A. Berezhnova, M.A. Smirnova, D.O. Trufanov, S.S. Ivanova, D.N. Kuznetsova, N.V. Kulikov (2015) Experience of monitoring of implementation of the Federal Law «On protecting people’s health from tobacco smoking and its consequences» Medical Alliance, №3 , 2015

Maslennikova GY, Oganov RG, Boytsov SA, Ross H, Huang AT, Near A, Kotov A, Berezhnova I, Levy DT (2014) Russia SimSmoke: the long-term effects of tobacco control policies on smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths in Russia. Tob Control, 23(6):484-90. [Epub 2013]

Antonov NS, Sakharova GM, Donitiva VV, Kotov AA, Berezhnova IA, Latif E (2014) Electronic Cigarettes: Assessment of safety and risk for health. Pulmonologia, 3: 122-127.

 

 

 

The Department of Tobacco Control publishes practical guides, toolkits and factsheets to equip professionals working to reduce tobacco use. They are designed to be used by governments, civil society, and media. Our material is informed by both academic and practical expertise – because we work at the grassroots of tobacco control in locations around the world, the resources we publish are both detailed, and appropriate to the range of political, legal and cultural contexts.

Notable recent publications include:

 

ASSESSING COMPLIANCE WITH SMOKE-FREE LAWS

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A "how-to" guide for conducting compliance studies that promotes best practice in assessing compliance with smoke-free laws. It will be of interest to a range of audiences, including public health advocates, government officials, and researchers.

ENGLISH - SPANISH

 

 

THE FCTC ARTICLE 5.3 TOOLKIT: GUIDANCE FOR GOVERNMENTS ON PREVENTING TOBACCO INDUSTRY INTERFERENCE

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The Union's FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference provides step-by-step guidance on the key legislative and policy elements of a strategy to safeguard laws and policies from tobacco industry interference.

ENGLISH

 

 

TOBACCO CONTROL FACTSHEETS

A series of eight factsheets giving both contextual and practical information on key tobacco control policies, as well as tobacco use and poverty, and tobacco use and its effect on those with tuberculosis.

ENGLISH

 

 

  

The Union co-manages the Bloomberg Initiative [BI] to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program in partnership with Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The programme awards funds to projects delivering high-impact tobacco control interventions, based on MPOWER, in low- and middle-income countries. Priority is given to countries with the highest prevalence of tobacco use.

Our priority countries are: China, Russia, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Viet Nam and Turkey. In the first quarter of 2015 The Union was managing 69 active grant projects.

To date 776 grants worth US$ 141 million have been awarded.

 

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 assist countries in meeting requirements under the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The courses are based on FCTC's available guidelines, the MPOWER tobacco control strategy and global best practices.

Management courses are also delivered to help countries improve the effective running of tobacco control programmes especially in limited-resource settings. These courses are supported by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

MPOWER/FCTC training course

The MPOWER/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 tobacco control policies based on the FCTC. 

Protect people from tobacco smoke

This training addresses the background and rationale for smokefree environments and shares best practices and lessons learnt from the successful implementation of comprehensive smokefree legislation around the world. Topics cover obligations under FCTC Article 8, development of smokefree 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 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 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 enables participants to increase their familiarity and understanding of 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. The seminar is based on The Union's publication Tobacco-Free Healthcare – A Tobacco-Free Futures Action Guide. It promotes smokefree 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.

Smokefree implementation and enforcement

A significant gap often exists between tobacco control laws as they are written and the way they are enforced on the street. 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 become acquainted with 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 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 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 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.

Delegation at Scottish ParliamentThe Union offers technical assistance to government ministries and departments on how best to introduce, implement and manage tobacco control. Such assistance includes the provision of advice, expertise, research, analysis and programme management. Examples include:

  • Assistance establishing a national tobacco control cell, using international best practice, to coordinate and oversee a country’s tobacco control programme
  • Advice on specific legislation and the structures required for effective enforcement
  • Support throughout legal challenges from the tobacco industry, and technical advice on how to counter these challenges
  • Amicus Curiae - providing expert evidence in court when governments are required to defend progressive tobacco control developments from the industry

We also provide technical support to non-governmental organisations, who play a crucial ongoing role in the effective implementation of tobacco control policies.

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The goal of the Department of Tobacco Control is to reduce tobacco use - and the disease, premature death and poverty it causes. The most effective way to achieve this is through introduction and implementation of comprehensive tobacco control policies that are proven to tackle both supply and demand. Effective legislation will also change the behaviours and environments conducive to tobacco consumption.

The tobacco epidemic

The tobacco epidemic is having devastating impacts across the globe, with low- and middle-income countries [LMICs] facing a disproportionate burden. Currently 80% of all tobacco-attributed deaths occur in LMICs. Many of these countries are faced with rising affordability of tobacco products as well as an aggressive tobacco industry that targets both consumers and governments.

Rates of tobacco use continue to rise in low- and middle-income countries, while, thanks to progressive tobacco control policies, high-income countries have seen rates drop considerably over the last 20 years.

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‘Cigarette consumption in Western Europe dropped by 26% between 1990 and 2009 but increased in the Middle East and Africa by 57% during the same period’ 

Tobacco Atlas, 4th edition

 

 

 

 

The Union’s focus

The Department of Tobacco Control works with both governments and civil society across the globe to assist with the development of comprehensive tobacco control laws, and the infrastructure needed to implement them. We offer the technical assistance and capacity-building, based on international best practice, through our team of legal, financial and managerial experts. The department also publishes research and technical resources to support programme development.

Our key policies are defined by the WHO FCTC’s MPOWER package – a range of six practical measures to help countries implement effective tobacco control. Implementation of the highest-level MPOWER policies adopted between 2007 to 2010, is predicted to avert nearly 7.5 million smoking attributed deaths by the year 2050.

Course Description

Legislation is at the heart of tobacco control and the progress of 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.

The legal workshops aim to bring together government officials, NGOs and members of legislatures to share the experiences that each face in tobacco control legislation to improve the tools available to support and strengthen tobacco control initiatives.

The workshops are especially in high demand in Latin America, where progress towards tobacco control is met with legal challenges. This workshop is available in other regions upon request. 

Benefits of Attending:

  • Contribute to the capacity building efficiency and effectiveness of stakeholders' work in policies for tobacco control legal initiatives.
  • Collaborate on the consolidation of the tobacco control process initiatives and provide guidance on legal technical knowledge application.
  • Generate and stimulate law practice strategy management, based on professional skills development and support of the FCTC (for example: legislation, litigation, use of Constitutional Rights arguments and International Treaties).
  • Exchange of experiences and lessons learnt in the legislative process and tobacco industry interferences.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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.

The seminar is based on The Union's publication 'Tobacco-free Healthcare – a tobacco-free futures action guide'.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn to formulate a comprehensive plan for a tobacco-free health care facility.
  • Identify the resources and support (technical and human) needed to implement the plan.
  • Learn how to overcome barriers to a tobacco-free health care facility.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the policy and compliance with it.

Offical Language: English 

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Course Description

This training covers the key legislative and policy elements of a strategy to safeguard laws and policies from tobacco industry interference. Participants will become acquainted with 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 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 FCTC Article 5.3. 

Opportunities for reflection and application will be provided where participants adapt and apply key lessons of relevance from the training and incorporate them into a contextualised strategy, plan, law, ordinance or policy instrument to enhance local implementation and enforcement. They will also identify personal goals, for learning, networking, and collaboration; conduct an analysis of logistical requirements for any follow-up meeting including technical assistance or support needs and reflect on individual learning. 

Offical Language: English

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