The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) functions as a WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on surveillance, in line with Article 20 of the FCTC.

THL has strong international recognition and experience in public health, including non-communicable disease control and prevention and promotion of epidemiological surveillance and health-in-all-policies approach (e.g. via national and international projects and ad hoc expert group on FCTC impact assessment)

Finland renders strong and long standing support to the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Ratification of the Convention was done in 2005.

The working methods of the Knowledge Hub include, inter alia, support in data collection and analysis, production and dissemination of materials, training, workshops and consultations.  The tasks of the Knowledge Hub concern development of tobacco use surveillance mechanisms and comprehensive surveying for reliable and sustainable data collection, and the use of data for decision-making.

Our Knowledge Hub is the only in Europe, yet the tasks are global.

Learn more about the Knowledge Hub from our leaflet.