Tobacco and Public Health (2016): From theory to practice
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).
The current version was launched in May 2016. It has been re-structured to take into account the perspective of tobacco control in the wider context of the prevention and control of the non-communicable 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).
The course is self-administered, it consists of 8 modules that can be taken independently.
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.