Training for Tobacco Control in Brazil - Fiotec
Natureza: Education
Financiador: Fiocruz

The concern of the people and their governments with tobacco is increasingly clear. Proof of this is the set of laws that Brazil has on the subject. However, what is  the point of having a wide legislation if there is no one to enforce compliance? That is why the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) sought the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca (ENSP / Fiocruz) and the Open University System of SUS (UNA-SUS) to develop common practices to enable broadly its inspectors to enforce compliance with the law banning smoking indoors and advertising at points of sale.

That was how project "Training Health Inspectors for Tobacco Control in Brazil" began, in order to allow Anvisa inspectors throughout the country having the expertise required to verify compliance with the laws. In order to cover the greatest possible number of inspectors, the course is distance learning (ODL) and happens through five modules, with an introduction and four specific modules.

The idea is that inspectors have full knowledge of the law to be able to identify problems in the environments in which they supervise. Thus, they can advise on what is correct or not, not only users, such as sales managers and business owners of these environments.