The key thrust areas under the National Tobacco Control Programme include trainings of health and social workers, NGOs, school teachers, and enforcement officers The need for capacity building is fundamental to implement tobacco control policies to stave off the tobacco epidemic. Training is one of the vital components of the Programme.
Capacity building of the States/UTs is desirable for proper implementation and monitoring of the programme. Training and capacity building for tobacco control should be undertaken through State level advocacy workshops/sensitization programmes. Efforts should be directed to involve all the State government departments for tobacco control. Specific/tailor made trainings are organized for, Police, Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Health / Medical Professionals, Judiciary, Academicians, Students, Media etc. They also work very closely with NGO partners and involve them in advocacy workshops. The State Cell also organize Training of the Trainers Programme (ToT) for the District Tobacco Control staff appointed followed by refresher training at regular intervals. The trainings are organized at regular intervals and properly spaced in each quarter. Efforts are being made to integrate training with other health programmes such as NPCDCS, RNTCP, and others to maintain synergy. For conducting the State Level Trainings/Workshops, the existing State NHM norms should be used.
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