Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Strengthening national capacity for tobacco control

The success of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) largely depends on preparing countries to ratify the treaty and to implement effective tobacco control measures.

Building and strengthening national capacity (political, managerial and technical) in countries is the key to a systematic multi-sectoral approach to tobacco control. This approach will ensure sustainable governmental and community action for comprehensive tobacco control efforts.

The expected outcome of building national capacity is a comprehensive and sustainable national strategy for multi-sectoral tobacco control programmes and policies.

Capacity building activities


Building Blocks for Tobacco Control: A Handbook

TFI has published a handbook to address the practical elements of various tobacco control measures. The idea for this publication arose from the realization that while various official WHO documents called for the development of national capacity for tobacco control, no comprehensive publication for tobacco control capacity development at the national level existed. Conceived as a “How to” manual, the approach is intentionally pragmatic. It addresses ‘real world’ issues and provides practical advice for setting up viable national tobacco control programmes. Experts with practical experience at national level in various areas of tobacco control have contributed to this publication.

Latest publications

World No Tobacco Day 2017 cover
  • Tobacco threatens us all
    The brochure "Tobacco threatens us all", published for World No Tobacco Day 2017, describes how tobacco use has devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences.

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