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Tobacco Control

Tobacco is a major risk factor for four main NCDs—cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease. Each year, tobacco kills approximately 6 million people, and that figure is expected to rise to 8 million by 2030.

Tobacco Control and NCD Prevention

The Tobacco target for the WHO NCD Global Monitoring Framework aims for a 30% reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use in persons aged 15 and older by 2025. In 2008, WHO introduced its MPOWER measures as practical, cost-effective ways to scale up global implementation of specific provisions highlighted in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The acronym MPOWER stands for Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies, Protect people from tobacco smoke, Offer help to quit tobacco use, Warn about the dangers of tobacco, Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion & sponsorship, and Raise taxes on tobacco.

Surveillance and Monitoring: the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS)

CDC's Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), through the GTSS, supports countries in establishing  and enhancing tobacco surveillance and monitoring programs. GTSS aims to enhance country capacity to design, implement and evaluate tobacco control interventions, while monitoring key articles of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and WHO MPOWER strategies. GTSS collects data through three surveys: the Global Youth Tobacco Survey, the Global Adult Tobacco Survey and Tobacco Questions for Surveys. OSH offers training, mentoring and technical assistance to countries and partners on data dissemination and translation for effective tobacco control programs and policies. For more information see, Global Tobacco Control.

Global Adult Tobacco Survey data collection efforts in India, Cameroon and Pakistan utilizing handheld computers.

Global Adult Tobacco Survey data collection efforts in India, Cameroon and Pakistan utilizing handheld computers.

GTSS Coverage Map

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso , Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Commonwealth of N. Mariana Islands, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland , FYR Macedonia, Gambia, Gaza Strip/West Bank, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, KosovoKuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto , RicoQatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, TuvaluUganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United Nations Relief Works Agency, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (Am), Virgin Islands (Br), Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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  • Page last updated: September 29, 2014
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