Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

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TFI collaborates closely with other WHO departments at all levels in cross-cluster initiatives to facilitate the integration of tobacco control into other health programmes (e.g. child and maternal health and tuberculosis). Outside WHO, TFI works with Member States, other international organizations and civil society through NGOs working on tobacco control.

  • United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control
    The United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control was established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1999 to coordinate the tobacco control work being carried out by different United Nations agencies. It is chaired by WHO and comprises 22 Agencies of the United Nations system as well as outside the UN system.
  • WHO Collaborating Centres
    TFI is expanding its network of WHO Collaborating Centres. WHO Collaborating Centres are a network of national institutions designated by WHO that carry out activities in support of its international health work. TFI's Collaborating Centres work on research, training and advocacy. Working with national institutions is an effective way of increasing national capacity and paving the way for self-sustainable programmes at country level.
  • Tobacco product regulation
    Tobacco is one of few openly available commercial products that are virtually unregulated. At the same time, it is the only legally available product that kills up to one half of its regular users when consumed as recommended by its manufacturer. In light of this, tobacco product regulation, which includes regulating the contents and emissions of tobacco products via testing, mandating the disclosure of the test results, and regulating the packaging and labelling of tobacco products, is one of the key pillars of any comprehensive tobacco control programme.
  • Tobacco Control Directory
    The Tobacco Free Initiative Tobacco Control Directory is a tool to help build networks to facilitate collaboration and sharing of experiences. The Directory is intended to be multi-lingual and fully accessible to individuals who do not have English language capacity. In the initial phase, the Directory will be available in English and Mandarin.

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