2016 Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions

Goal and Objectives

The primary goal of this project, which will began February 2017, is to build capacity among nurses in Portugal to deliver evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment in clinical practice. A secondary goal is to strengthen partnerships between national nursing associations within the country and with regional and international nursing organizations to continue to grow, and sustain, nurses’ engagement in tobacco control.

This project focuses on capacity building, building synergy between the mission of Global Bridges [Pfizer Foundation] to enhance health professionals’ involvement in tobacco control, and the mission, and network, of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) to enhance access to cancer prevention and care through nursing best practices. Building capacity among nurses, in partnership with nursing leadership, will support future nurses’ commitment to broader tobacco control advocacy and policy efforts in Portugal.

 Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals and essential for the implementation of Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.


  To meet the tobacco control educational needs of 66,000 Portuguese nurses, including 1600+ oncology nurses represented by Portuguese Oncology Nursing Association (AEOP for the name in Portuguese), through a nurse targeted, evidence based tobacco dependence treatment educational program, this project will pursue the following objectives:

1.        To support 50-100 nurses who attend a Training-of-trainers workshop on tobacco dependence treatment in implementing additional trainings at their home institution (reaching additional 500 nurses).

2.        To recruit 300 nurses to participate in an online educational program including an online baseline survey and an online 3-months survey post implementation of the program.

3.        To increase by 40%, at 3 months post educational intervention, the number of nurses self-reporting “always/usually” assessing patients’ tobacco use in Portugal.

4.        To increase by 30%, at 3 months post educational intervention, the number of nurses self-reporting “always/usually” assisting smokers with quitting.


To support Portuguese nursing organizations to endorse existing, or develop their own, position statement on nurses and tobacco control and strengthen their national and regional networking for tobacco control.