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We have developed these resources on tobacco control policies, policy enforcement and assessment, and tobacco-related disease, to assist public health professionals, governments and civil society in their work to reduce tobacco use. Most of these documents can be downloaded here for free.

Technical Guides - Tobacco-Free Union


The 2017 update of the Index of Tobacco Control Sustainability (ITCS) -- a tool to assess and guide national tobacco control programmes to become sustainable.




Index of Tobacco Control Sustainability and 24 Country Assessments


The Index of Tobacco Control Sustainability (ITCS) is a tool to assess and guide national tobacco control programmes to become sustainable. It comprises 31 indicators that identify which structures, policies and resources a country has in place for sustainable tobacco control. It is designed for use by national tobacco control units within governments and national tobacco control coalitions.

This document also contains the first round of ITCS assessments from 24 countries with the highest burden of tobacco use. It was created by The Union's Department of Tobacco Control in in 2016.



The Union Tookit for WHO FCTC Article 5.3: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference


2012 - Matt Allen - English

The Union’s toolkit for WHO FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit step-by-step guidance on the key legislative and policy elements of a strategy to safeguard laws and policies from tobacco industry interference.





Air Quality Monitoring Toolkit: Assessing Second-Hand Smoke in Hospitality Venues


ToolkitforAirQualityMonitoringA toolkit for completing smoke-free compliance assessments of cafes, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues using low-cost equipment. The method can be used anywhere in the world; it was tested in low and middle income countries where outdoor air pollution levels are high. The data these assessments generate can provide the robust evidence needed to advocate for stronger smoke-free laws and rigorous enforcement.

The toolkit includes advocacy examples and strategies, links to software for simple downloading of data and templates for gathering observational evidence.

This resource was created by The Union's Department of Tobacco Control in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen in 2016.



Assessing Compliance with Smoke-free Laws

assessingcompliance2nd ed English, Español

A "how-to" guide for conducting compliance studies that promotes best practice in assessing compliance with smoke-free laws. It will be of interest to a range of audiences, including public health advocates, government officials, and researchers.




Assessing Compliance with Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS) Bans: A "How-to" Guide for Conducting Compliance Studies

assessingcompliance2Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, CTFK, The Union - English, Français, Español, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese

The guide helps advocates working to strengthen implementation of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS)  laws by presenting step-by-step information about how to plan and conduct studies to assess compliance with laws that address point-of-sale advertising and product displays, outdoor advertising, and product packaging. Sample data collection tools are included in the appendix.




MPOWER brochures 

mpower2011 - English

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines provide the foundation for countries to implement and manage tobacco control. To help make this a reality, WHO introduced the MPOWER measures which correspond to one or more articles of the Framework Convention, to assist in reducing the demand for tobacco products at country-level. These brochures, endorsed by The Union and all its Partners in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, are intended to further this support, summarizing key data and recommendations in each of these policy areas.



Smoking cessation and smokefree environments for tuberculosis patients 

smokingsessation.182010 - K. Bissell, T. Fraser, C-Y. Chiang, D. Enarson - Second ed. - English

This guide addresses the association between tobacco smoke and tuberculosis and offers recommendations for health service providers who want to help their patients with TB to stop using tobacco.




Smokefree Chandigarh Case Study

smokefree2009 - Jon Dawson, Dr Rana J Singh - 2009 - English

Chandigarh was the first city in India to become smokefree in 2007. This case study examines the development of the smokefree legislation, preparation for implementation, the role of key partners, issues of enforcement and compliance and lessons learned




Tobacco-free Healthcare: a tobacco-free futures action guide

tobaccofree Trish Fraser with Burke Fishburn - 2009 - English, Russian, Arabic, Chinese

The guide promotes tobacco-free policies in healthcare facilities with the aim of
reducing tobacco-related morbidity and mortality among staff, patients and broader communities. The guide would be useful for healthcare facility boards, senior management teams, administrators, health professionals, communication experts and other key stakeholders in developing a tobacco-free healthcare facility policies.



Smokefree City Case Studies: a tobacco-free futures action guide

smokefreecitycaseJon Dawson - 2009 - English

This resource sets out guidance for conducting comprehensive but concise case studies of smokefree cities that document achievements, provide insight into how cities have taken forward their smokefree agendas, highlight good practice and draw out key lessons.



Tobacco-free Sports: a tobacco-free futures action guide


2009 - Anne Jones - English, Russian

This guide explains how to develop, implement and support a comprehensive tobacco-free policy for sporting facilities and events to protect the health of players, spectators, staff and their families.




Tobacco Packaging and Labelling: Technical guide

tcpaking2009 - Heather Selin - 2009 - English

The Union's Technical Guide on Tobacco Packaging and Labelling is aimed to help governments implement the most effective packaging and labelling policies possible.
It provides step-by-step guidelines for developing graphic health warnings and other packaging measures.



Tobacco-free Educational Campuses: a tobacco-free futures action guide 

smokefreeeducational2009 - Anne Jones - 2009 - English

The guide outlines how to develop, implement and support a comprehensive tobacco-free campus policy, covering smokefree environments, ending tobacco advertising promotion, sponsorship and sale on campus, and prohibiting partnerships with the tobacco industry. Smokefree campus policies improve the health, productivity and performances of students and staff in educational institutions.



Participating in Global Tobacco Research: The experience of a low-income country, Sudan 

practicingglobaltcresearch2009 - M Salieh, S Bashir, H Khashm Elmouse, D A Enarson, N Mustafa, Z S E Dahab, A El Sony - English

Tobacco use is a major cause of illness and premature death. This guide describes Sudan’s experience as a developing country fighting tobacco use and participating in global tobacco research.




Smokefree Mexico City Case Study

smokefreemexico2009 - Jon Dawson, Jonathan Romo, Mirta Molinari, Lara Garrido - 2009 - English, Español, Chinese

When Mexico DF's Law for the Protection of the Health of Non-Smokers came into effect in April 2008, public spaces and workplaces were required to be smokefree. The case study examines the context, content and development of the Mexico DF smokefree law, the role of campaigns, leadership and key partners, key research enforcement and compliance, the impact of the law and lessons learned.



A WHO/The Union Monograph on TB and Tobacco Control

whotheunion2008 - WHO / The Union - English

This monograph provides guidelines to managers of TB and tobacco control programmes on implementing tobacco control activities as an integral part of TB case management at primary health care facilities.




Tobacco: A Global Threat

2002 - J. Crofton, D. Simpson - Macmillan - English, Français, Español, Russian, Indonesian, Hindi

This book aims to alert people in developing countries to the dangers of tobacco use. It covers all aspects of the tobacco problem, cessation methods and anti-tobacco campaigning. Commissioned by Teaching-Aids At Low Cost (TALC). Order the print version:




How Eliminating the Global Illicit Cigarette Trade Would Increase Tax Revenue and Save Lives

2009 Luk Joossens Framework Convention Alliance Brussels, Belgium
David Merriman Institute of Government and Public Affairs and Department of Public Administration University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Hana Ross International Tobacco Control Research American Cancer Society USA
Martin Raw UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies Division of Epidemiology and Public Health University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

"If the global illicit trade were eliminated, governments would gain at least $31 billion, and from 2030 onwards would save over 160,000 lives a year."

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