Global Tobacco Initiatives

​Global Tobacco Initiatives

Strengthening Pediatricians' Capacity for Global Tobacco Control among Children and Families
In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics began a collaborative effort with the Global Branch of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health to address pediatric tobacco issues worldwide. Funded by CDC, this initiative aims to mobilize country-based champions to implement comprehensive tobacco control strategies that impact child and adolescent health. The project is working with national pediatric societies to engage child healthcare leaders to promote tobacco and secondhand smoke prevention programs and implement evidence-based guidelines for community-level tobacco control, and support these stakeholders in efforts to champion tobacco control in their country's healthcare systems.

For more details on this program, view this factsheet.

Learn more about the project with our champions from Kenya, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Training, 2013 International Congress of Pediatrics, Melbourne, Australia
In August 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the World Health Organization's Tobacco Free Initiative and International Pediatrics Association hosted a pre-congress session at the International Congress of Pediatrics (ICP) in Melbourne, Australia. The daylong program of keynote lectures, panel presentations, and breakout sessions, addressed how pediatricians are natural advocates for tobacco control.

Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Training, 2012 Latin American Association of Pediatrics Congress, Cartagena, Colombia
In November 2012, the AAP Richmond Center, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), partnered with the Latin American Association of Pediatrics (ALAPE) to offer a pre-congress workshop on tobacco control at ALAPE's fall meeting. The day-long training sought to advance tobacco control advocacy by pediatric leaders and provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to promote efforts to protect children and youth from tobacco. Similar to past leadership workshops, participants wrote clinical and advocacy goals for their respective countries and received tobacco control resources to begin actualizing said goals. A total of 45 pediatricians from 12 countries attended the training which combined lecture and small group breakout sessions.

Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Training, 2012 Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics, Kuching, Malaysia
In September 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics collaborated with the World Health Organization– Western Pacific Regional Office to host Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Training at the 14th Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics in Kuching, Malaysia. A total of 26 participants and 10 faculty members, representing 13 countries from the region, attended the daylong training. During the program, participants developed tobacco prevention and control advocacy plans, committed to the next step in implementing these plans, and received country-specific resources. The training, which brought together pediatricians, pediatric society presidents, and non-clinical tobacco control specialists, provided an opportunity to network with others who are interested in policy, system, and environmental changes leading to more effective tobacco prevention and control efforts for children and youth.

2011 AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) Christopherson Lecture: Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, Tobacco and Children: A global epidemic

AAP Visiting Lectureship, Manila, Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Pasay City, Philippines
Grantee: Rosalia M Buzon, MD
Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP
The meeting, the first international Visiting Lectureship funded by the AAP Richmond Center, took place in February 2010. Training activities focused on increasing clinicians' awareness of the impact of tobacco smoke exposure on children, and on promoting and reinforcing the development of tobacco control curricula in schools and pediatric training programs.

Session of the United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control, February 2010:
AAP/International Pediatrics Association collaboration  was one of eight non-governmental organizations invited to present at the session.

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