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The China Tobacco Control Capacity Building Project (TCCB) forum was held in Hangzhou
Date:2010-05-08 17:01 
Hangzhou, 7th of May 2010. The China Tobacco Control Capacity Building Project (TCCB) forum was held. The TCCB is aimed at building tobacco control capacity in China, the largest producer and consumer of tobacco in the world. Experts from International the Ministry of Health, China CDC, Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, The University of Sydney, Beijing Capital Medical University, and other prominent institutionsattended the forum. The experts expressed support for the project and provided valuable input to the project’s plan and implementation schedule.          

The TCCB is supported by an International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease grant which is funded by the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. The project will develop a culturally-appropriate tobacco control curriculum aimed at Public Health students. In addition, it will require participating schools to implement smoke-free campus policies.

The project is an expansion and continuation of a previous initiative which involved seven medical schools, including Zhejiang University, Peking University and Harbin Medical University. These schools have already incorporated tobacco control components into their public health curricula, formulated smoke-free policies and established smoke-free campuses.

The current project will expand to include an additional 24 provincial universities with Public Health schools, like Jilin University, Tianjin Medical University, Lanzhou University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Anhui Medical University,Guiyang Medical College, Hebei Medical University, and others. In total, the two projects combined will cover 31 universities across all provinces in China, including autonomous regions and municipalities, except for Tibet.

Professor Tingzhong Yang, the project’s director and head of the Center for Tobacco Control Research at Zhejiang University’s School of Medicine says, “Although the Chinese government ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005, the implementation process has been slow.”  Professor Yang further explains, “One of the main problems is the lack of training in tobacco control for public health professionals, yet they are the ones who are supposed to be responsible for supervision and support of tobacco control in China.”  

Professor Yang believes the best time to provide professional education and training in tobacco control is when future public health professionals are still in school. Currently, there are 76 universities with Schools of Public Health in China; together they produce about 5000 public health graduates each year. Professor Yang stresses that to ensure the sustainable development of tobacco control in China, the incorporation of tobacco control into Public Health curricula is urgently needed.

It is estimated that between 300 and 350 million smokers live in China, and the smoking prevalence in men is as high as 60%. Reports have shown each year 1.2 million deaths are caused by smoking-related diseases in China.

Link:http://news.xinhuanet.com/society/2010-05/08/c_1281108.htm

Writer:Zhangle From:Xinhua News Agency