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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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Course Description

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.

The purpose of this training package is to develop stakeholder capacity to fully implement and enforce smokefree legislation. The workshop covers establishing a politico-administrative framework and infrastructure for smokefree environments, information and communication, enforcement and inspection, compliance studies, monitoring and evaluation of smokefree laws and evaluation of enforcement, countering tobacco industry tactics and building capacity for smokefree environments. During the training, participants are encouraged to specify a realistic compliance target for their local jurisdiction and develop an action plan to achieve their goal.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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.

Participants will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to counter myths and to build a successful dialogue with ministries of finance to implement tobacco taxes and other related fiscal policies required by Article 6 of the FCTC. The course is accessible to participants without a specific tax or economic background, but also provides detailed information and discussion that will be useful to those responsible for the administration of fiscal policies related to tobacco.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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.

The workshop looks at the ways in which the tobacco industry promotes its products and brands, examines how to avoid loopholes exploited by the industry and provides examples of global best practice. It facilitates effective strategic planning for banning TAPS, including assessment of the country situation and development of legislative responses. Participants gain practical skills to help them advocate for such policies in their countries.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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.

The course can be adapted to focus on any of these areas in more detail, depending on the needs of participants. Participants will develop an action plan based on their particular country situation.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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.

Participants learn how to apply these lessons in the contexts of their own jurisdictions, including developing action plans to adopt, implement and enforce smokefree laws.

The Union has developed a separate training for countries that have advanced their tobacco control laws to the implementation stage. Details of course offerings in smokefree implementation and enforcement are listed separately.

Offical Language: English

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Course Description

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. 

The MPOWER elements:

M – Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies
P – Protect people from tobacco smoke
O – Offer help to quit tobacco use
W – Warn about the dangers of tobacco
E – Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
R – Raise taxes on tobacco

The workshop content is based on relevant FCTC Article guidelines, available policy recommendations, global best practices and lessons learnt under appropriate policy areas.

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.

Offical Language: English

 

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This course has a modular design so that the specific topic areas can be adapted to the unique policy and collaborative issues/ situations that you face.

 

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