Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice

Postcard Course correctedThe new edition of the virtual course is now available in the PAHO´s Virtual Campus in Public Health. This edition presents a re-structured version that takes in account the perspective of tobacco control in the wider context of prevention and control of the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) as well as the current Regional Situation, after ten years of the entry into force of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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The course is free and self-administered. It consists on 8 modules that can be taken independently.  Even though we suggest the order in which the modules are presented, you can take them in any order. 

Each module presents background information, global and regional data, the strategies of the tobacco industry to confront the policies and the information to counteract these strategies and new challenges in the area.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the nature and extent of the tobacco epidemic at the global level and in the Region of the Americas.
  • Describe solutions available to curb the tobacco epidemic: the WHO FCTC and it Guidelines for implementation and the WHO MPOWER package.
  • To understand the role of tobacco in the context of the NCDs and to analyze the WHO "best buys" related to tobacco control.
  • Describe the tobacco industry's opposition strategies and list possible responses to these actions.
  • Describe the strategies and characteristics of smoking cessation at the individual and population levels.
  • Explain the rationale for, and approaches to, tobacco product regulation.
  • Analyze new challenges for tobacco control.

Course estructure EN

Former edition

The initial idea for this course originated in 2003 with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) in Ontario, Canada, with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, as part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. In 2007, the Pan American Health Organization decided to adapt this course so that it could be useful for the countries of the Region of the Americas. The first version was made possible thanks to the financial support from Health Canada.

The initial adaptation of the course and its 2010 updated version used the structure and dynamic of the original course and expanded its content to account for the reality of the Region of the Americas and the impact of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC).