“Nurses have tremendous potential to effectively implement smoking cessation interventions. The Framework Convention for Tobacco Control provides nurses’ groups with an excellent opportunity to become active participants in the international tobacco control movement and to make a significant difference in curbing the tobacco epidemic.”
Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO General Director, 1999
The Tobacco Control Nurses International (TCNI) was formed in 2012 to develop a support structure for nurses, the largest group of health care professionals worldwide.
The purpose of the network is to help nurses engage with each other and become active, powerful and visible participants in the international tobacco control movement.
The mission of the Tobacco Control Nurses International is to promote the visibility of nurses’ involvement in tobacco control and facilitate professional collaboration and leadership to curb the tobacco epidemic.
We aim to accomplish our mission by developing a sustainable international network engaging in tobacco control in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the worlds’ national nursing associations by:
- Increasing the number of nurses knowledgeable about and actively involved in promoting the goals of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC);
- Establishing a communication system that facilitates global information exchange among nurses on all aspects of tobacco control; and motivates and supports them to implement effective tobacco control measures;
- Linking nursing advocates, professional nursing organizations and nurse leaders with tobacco control advocates worldwide and seek organizational membership of the Framework Convention Alliance; and
- Educating and nurturing the future generations of nurses to be tobacco control practitioners, researchers and advocates.
Our objectives are to help nurses to understand:
- the importance of tobacco control, including reducing tobacco uptake, prevention of tobacco use, tobacco dependence treatment and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke;
- the nature of tobacco addiction, the effective treatment options and the need to assist with smoking cessation; and
- the role of the tobacco industry in promoting tobacco use, perpetuating inequalities and thwarting tobacco control measures.