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Global Tobacco Control

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

Global Tobacco Surveillance System Data


The Global Tobacco Surveillance System Data (GTSSData) is a Web-based application that houses and displays data from four tobacco-related surveys conducted around the world.

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GTSS Atlas

GTSS Atlas The GTSS Atlas illustrates findings from the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) which is the largest public health surveillance system ever developed and maintained.

The Atlas documents the components of the GTSS, which include the monitoring of tobacco use and tobacco control measures among youth, school personnel, health professions students and adults. It maps the coverage of the surveys and provides data on the various elements of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy as outlined in the WHO-FCTC and MPOWER Technical Package.


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