Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

National capacity building workshops

The Guiding principles laid out in Article 4 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) include:

"3. International cooperation, particularly transfer of technology, knowledge and financial assistance and provision of related expertise, to establish and implement effective tobacco control programmes, taking into consideration local culture, as well as social, economic, political and legal factors, is an important part of the Convention.

4. Comprehensive multisectoral measures and responses to reduce consumption of all tobacco products at the national, regional and international levels are essential so as to prevent, in accordance with public health principles, the incidence of diseases, premature disability and mortality due to tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke."

As part of its role in providing technical assistance to countries for development and implementation of comprehensive tobacco control measures, TFI organizes regional and sub-regional capacity building workshops.

The objectives of these workshops are:

  • To emphasise the rationale and need for strengthening national capacity for comprehensive tobacco control.
  • To disseminate experiences of national projects on tobacco control.
  • To present to and discuss with Member States, practical elements of selected tobacco control measures at national level.

The key measures being discussed are enlisted below:

  • Developing a National Plan of Action
  • Establishing an Effective Infrastructure for Tobacco Control Programme
  • Training & Education
  • Communicating and Raising Public Awareness
  • Working with the media
  • Programming Specific Tobacco Control Activities
  • Legislating Measures for Tobacco Control
  • Exploring Economic Measures and Funding Initiatives for Tobacco Control
  • Countering The Tobacco Industry
  • Working / Forming Effective Partnerships
  • Monitoring , Surveillance, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Exchanging Information and Research

By addressing practical aspects of implementation of tobacco control, these workshops aim to assist countries in applying the vast amount of theoretical evidence for tobacco control interventions to practice.