About us


Health institutions play an essential role in the prevention and treatment of tobacco-related diseases. They are important partners in complying with legal provisions for a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco consumers in quitting.

The association Forum Tobacco Prevention in Health Institutions Switzerland FTGS supports networking and the regular exchange of information between specialists, promotes the dissemination and long-term implementation of national and international standards for tobacco-free health institutions, cooperates with other national and international partners and organizations for tobacco prevention and health promotion, the Swiss section of the global non -Profit organization GNTH under Swiss law and based in Zurich.

Every member institution of the FTGS association is automatically registered as a member of the Global Network for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services and benefits from the possibility of acquiring certificates in bronze, silver or in the gold forum in the GNTH. These awards require implementation of the GNTH standards.

benefit of the members

Support and maintenance of the exchange of experience between health institutions in the areas of tobacco prevention and the treatment of tobacco dependence Promotion of information, implementation and dissemination of recognized national and international standards and guidelines for tobacco prevention and treatment of tobacco dependence in health institutions in Switzerland.

  • Representation of common interests externally

  • Cooperation with national and international partners, especially the Global Network for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services

  • Support of the National Tobacco Prevention Strategy / NCD Strategy of the Federal Office for
    Health Switzerland

  • Establishment and organization of cooperations, expert committees and working groups
    to further develop the concepts

  • Promotion and support of further education and training needs of health care professionals, especially in the acquisition of skills and abilities in the treatment of smoking cessation for patients and employees

  • Bringing the concerns of members into associations and institutions

  • Implementation of projects within the goals of the association

  • Participation in research and development activities in national and international guidelines and
    Standards for the treatment of tobacco addiction and a tobacco free environment

  • Participation in international exchanges such as work meetings, conferences, especially with the
    Global Network for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services

  • Promotion and support of certifications of the member institutions within the framework of the Global Network
    for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services