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Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease worldwide. Currently, approximately 5.4 million people die each year due to tobacco-related illnesses—a figure expected to increase to more than 8 million a year by 2030. An efficient and systematic surveillance mechanism to monitor the epidemic is one of the essential components of a comprehensive tobacco control program.  

CDC is the lead US federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control, and CDC's Office on Smoking and Health develops, conducts, and supports strategic efforts to protect the public's health from the harmful effects of tobacco use. CDC is the WHO Collaborating Center for Global Tobacco Surveillance and the technical agency for the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS).

Priorities of the CDC Global Tobacco Control Branch in the Office on Smoking and Health are to:

  • Strengthen global tobacco surveillance systems to monitor the global tobacco epidemic
  • Increase country and regional capacity to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive tobacco control efforts by translating data to action
  • Advance research to promote effective tobacco control programs
  • Strengthen partnerships to leverage resources for efficient and sustainable tobacco control initiatives

GTSS Data Application

GTSS data include over 20 tobacco data topics and provide access to survey data in a variety of formats.

Analyzed Data

Surveys, report tables, graphs, and downloadable Microsoft Excel® files

Source Data Files

Survey datasets in downloadable Microsoft Access®, SPSS®, SAS®, and STATA® files

Fact Sheets

Summaries of survey results by survey location and year

Country Reports

Links to survey reports by survey location and year


Published research related to the survey material

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